$57,420 for Renovation, Repair and Energy Efficiency Projects

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. – The Center for Community Recovery Innovations (CCRI) Board of Directors voted to award $57,420 in funding to the Mental Health Association (MHA) for the agency’s Community Based Homes project. In particular, CCRI funding will help to pay for a range of repair and renovation projects, including replacement of carpet and flooring, installation of energy-efficient ductless air conditioning, repairs to heating system condensate piping, interior and exterior painting, driveway paving, repairs to a porch and wheelchair ramp, buildout of a full bathroom, and replacement of windows and entry doors. 

CCRI is a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing, an independent, quasi-public agency created in 1966 and charged with providing financing for affordable housing in Massachusetts. CCRI  grants are typically used as one-time gap funding to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations for capital projects that increase or improve the stock of affordable sober housing in Massachusetts.

“MHA has an established tradition of acquiring historic homes that have seen better days and renovating them to become community-based residential recovery programs,” said Kimberley A. Lee, VP Resource Development and Branding for MHA. “In this case, CCRI grant funding is helping to pay for improvements to a late 19th century home in Springfield serving up to eight residents and a Victorian-era home in Westfield serving up to seven residents. MHA’s person-centered, trauma-informed programming, both in the homes and in the community, promotes recovery and self-sufficiency.” 

Both of these MHA residential programs are funded through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH), Lee explained. The programs serve men and women who experience a diagnosed psychiatric condition such as schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorder or depression, together with substance use addiction. The Westfield program, known as Safe Haven, is designed specifically for people experiencing homelessness whose symptoms of mental illness make it difficult to use traditional shelters.

Persons served in both programs are screened and referred by DMH. Residents of the Springfield program must also be receiving Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS) services through DMH. In MHA’s program, clinicians work with each participant to conduct a more comprehensive assessment of their immediate needs and current life skills in various areas, and they work together to develop an Individualized Action Plan (IAP) with specific goals focused on providing rehabilitative support for sobriety and achieving independence for successful community living. 

Contact: Kimberley A. Lee
VP Resource Development & Branding

About MHA: 

What We Do
MHA (Mental Health Association) helps people live their best life. We provide access to therapies for emotional health and wellness; services for substance use recovery, developmental disabilities and acquired brain injury; services for housing and residential programming, and more. With respect, integrity and compassion, MHA provides each individual served with person-driven programming to foster independence, community engagement, wellness and recovery.

Why We Matter
The youth, adults, seniors and families we serve want the same things in life as anyone: to have friends, work, go to school, have meaningful relationships, express themselves (and be heard), and be accepted in their community for who they are. With our help and resources from a caring community, people can live their potential, in their community, every day. 

How We Think
Starting in the 1960s, MHA’s groundbreaking efforts and advocacy helped to transition people away from institutional living to a life in our community. This became a model for the deinstitutionalization movement. Today, our leadership continues to advance awareness of mental health conditions and needs at local, regional and national levels. We drive compassionate care for those challenged by mental health, developmental disabilities, substance use, homelessness, acquired brain injury and more.