Policy area: Homelessness
Population served: High Use Homeless Individuals, meaning all individuals either: (1) meeting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development definition of “chronically homeless” or, (2) identified by MASH as homeless, anticipated high-cost users of emergency services in its reasonable judgment. The project aims to provide 500 units of supportive housing for up to 800 individuals.
Service provider: Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
Size of investment: $26.5 million
Maximum success payments possible: $6 million
Investors: Corporation for Supportive Housing, United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Santander Bank
Intermediaries: Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing (MASH), in partnership between the Corporation for Supportive Housing and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (fundraising intermediary and financial manager)
Other partners: Harvard Kennedy School SIB Lab (technical assistance), Corporation for Supportive Housing (technical assistance)
Evaluator: Root Cause
Evaluation methodology: Root Cause verifies the number of participants who have been housed and for how long, as well as the number that transition into a successful housing outcome outside of the PFS project.
Outcome payor: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Outcomes that yield payments: Number of days participants are continuously housed in permanent supportive housing, with a minimum of 12 consecutive months (with the exception of past participants whose days may count as Former Qualified Participant Days although they left the program before the 12-month mark)
Timeframe: 5 year service delivery term; 6 year repayment term; 5.25 year evaluation period
Project start: June 2015
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