Housing

Goal

Increase availability of affordable and accessible housing, especially with access to supportive services.  Many people remain in a facility long after they have recovered from an illness or injury because they cannot find or afford suitable housing. By increasing the number of available units and obtaining funding to help with rent, more elders and people with disabilities will be able to live happily and healthily in the community.

Members of the Housing Working Group conceptualized, created, and coordinated a pilot to provide 50 Alternative Housing Voucher Project (AHVP) vouchers to transition people out of nursing homes through the Independent Living Center network.

Facts and Issues

Legislation

See the State Legislative Endorsements page and the Federal Legislative Endorsements page for a list of all Dignity Alliance supported bills.

FY2023 State Budget – the Housing group, with allies, are advocating for an increase of funding to the Alternative Housing Voucher Program (line item 7004-9030) to $19 million. This increase would create approximately 380 additional vouchers. Members are also advocating for the restoration of the Affordable Accessible Housing Grants (line item 7004-9031) which provides grants to developers and landlords to create affordable, accessible housing units either by new construction or renovation of existing properties.

FY2022 State Budget – DAM endorsed a $1.7 million increase to funding for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program, bringing the total budget for AHVP to $14.2 million.

FY 2021 State Budget – the DAM endorsed a $4.5 million funding increase for the Alternative Housing Voucher Program which was ultimately signed by Governor Baker.

Long ramp going into building of affordable apartments, with some accessible units.
More accessible, affordable apartments are needed throughout Massachusetts.

Housing News

Study Session – Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MCH)

May 8, 2024 Presenter: Julia Garvey, Community Organizer and Legislative Advocate with Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless Julia covered priority ...

2024-04-16 Spotlight: Need, Access, Impact, and Opportunities: Findings From a Multi-Site Evaluation of Elder Justice Shelters in the U.S.

New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM)By Elisa Fisher, MPH, MSW; Sheaba Daniel, MPH; Mayssa Gregoire, BSMarch 2024 Need, Access, Impact, ...

DignityMA TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 – The Affordable Homes Act

Joint Legislative Committee on Bonding, Capital Debt and State AssetsApril 2, 2024 Download (docx) Testimony in Support of H. 4138 ...