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Healey-Driscoll Administration announce $20 million campaign with goal to end veteran homelessness in Massachusetts



BOSTON – The Healey-Driscoll Administration today announced a $20 million campaign with the goal to end veteran homelessness in Massachusetts.

The End Veteran Homelessness campaign – announced today at the New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston – is a cross-collaborative initiative within the Healey-Driscoll Administration and federal, local, and veteran-serving organizations that they say prioritizes supportive housing, access to behavioral health services, capital investments to support veteran housing, and provides technical assistance to community providers. By leveraging evidence-based strategies and fostering collaboration across federal and non-profit sectors, Massachusetts aims to set a national model for ending veteran homelessness. 

The goal behind the campaign is to make Massachusetts a state where veteran homelessness rates reach a level of “functional zero,” a federal term meaning a system where homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. It involves ensuring that there are enough resources and support services available to quickly identify and assist individuals or families experiencing homelessness, ultimately leading to their swift placement into stable housing. A number of Massachusetts cities and counties have achieved “functional zero” including New Bedford, Lowell and Lynn. 

“Our administration is committed to making Massachusetts a national leader in veterans services,” said Governor Maura Healey. “Today, we are proud to launch the largest investment in our state’s history to end veteran homelessness in Massachusetts. It is through this initiative that we will work to ensure that every veteran in our state has a safe and stable place to call home.” 

“No one who served our country should ever worry about having a roof over their heads,” Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll. “This campaign acts on our administration’s shared commitment to restore dignity, provide hope, and keep a promise to our veterans that they will never be forgotten or left behind. As the daughter of a veteran, I appreciate the positive impact this initiative will have on all of Massachusetts’ veterans.” 

“Homelessness continues to be a serious problem for the men and women who bravely served our country,” said Congressman Stephen Lynch. “It is important we remain proactive to ensure our nation’s veterans receive the help and treatment they deserve. I am proud to support Governor Healey’s campaign to End Veteran Homelessness in Massachusetts and I will continue to do all I can to secure federal funding for programs that will help her administration achieve its goal.”  

“This campaign signifies a monumental commitment to addressing veteran homelessness in Massachusetts,” said Secretary of Veterans Services Jon Santiago. “Our mission is clear: bring veteran homelessness to functional zero and establish the necessary infrastructure to sustain this achievement.” 

“No veteran should ever be homeless,” said Secretary Housing and Livable Communities Ed Augustus. “They have served our country and now is the time for our country to serve them. But we must do more than just provide them with a safe and warm place to live. Many of our veterans need wrap-around services not only to survive, but to thrive. They need our support and we will not let them down.”   

“All veterans here in Boston and across the Commonwealth should be consistently engaged and connected to safe, stable housing,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I’m thrilled to support the Healey-Driscoll administration’s historic investments to end veteran homelessness. I look forward to working with the administration and all of our partners to better connect veterans to permanent housing, access to behavioral health services, and technical assistance to community providers.” 

The campaign comprises of five pillars strategically designed to address the multifaceted challenges faced by homeless veterans:   

  • Homelessness Outreach to Placement Effort (HOPE): The HOPE campaign is an intensive, geographically equitable initiative to engage directly with homeless veterans and facilitate their placement into stable housing. HOPE seeks to better coordinate and fund veteran housing efforts across federal, state, and municipal entities, including increasing access to comprehensive behavioral health services and providing flexible housing assistance funds for homeless veterans.  
  • Capital Investments Supporting Veteran Housing: The campaign will provide capital investments to support acquisition, rehabilitation, or construction of affordable housing for veterans. 
  • Aligning Supportive Services with Veteran Housing Goals: The Healey-Driscoll Administration will allocate funds to veteran service providers offering supportive services to veterans experiencing housing instability. 
  • End Veteran Homelessness Advisory Council: An advisory council of stakeholders in the veteran, housing, and homelessness space, will provide guidance and support to achieve and end veteran homelessness. 
  • Empowering and Supporting our Veteran Service Providers: The Healey-Driscoll Administration will provide opportunities for technical assistance to veteran service providers to undergo efforts such as grant writing, strategic planning, operations, etc. This initiative will provide access to expert support to empower veteran community-based providers in maximizing their impact and tapping into additional sources of funding. 

Veterans represent three percent of homeless individuals in Massachusetts. Currently, approximately 500-600 veterans are experiencing homelessness in the state, per the Point in Time (PIT) count. This is often compounded by mental health and substance use challenges.  

In 2021, the Massachusetts Legislature allocated $20 million in ARPA funds to support geographically equitable investments in veteran housing. The End Veteran Homelessness campaign utilizes this $20 million to fund investments in veteran homelessness services and housing infrastructure, ensuring that resources are distributed across the state to address the needs of homeless veterans in all regions. Concurrently, EOVS, in partnership with Pennrose Construction is developing 220 units of mixed-income affordable veterans housing on the domiciliary campus side of the Massachusetts Veterans Home at Chelsea. 



  1. Fed Up

    March 5, 2024 at 3:56 pm

    $116 million for illegals ( so far ) $20 million for vets what a f*cking disgrace. American veterans taking a back seat to people here illegally absolutely disgusting. That $116 million could have ended all homelessness for vets. keep voting for Democrats and stabbing vets in the back

  2. Biden’s migrants

    March 5, 2024 at 8:43 pm

    We don’t believe you Healey. You’ll give it to the bi-grants.

    • Trump loves the poorly educated.....

      March 6, 2024 at 7:23 am

      Congresses migrants. Biden got shot down by the courts when he wanted to extend stay in Mexico because the pandemic emergency was over that Trump was using. Congress was given a bill endorsed by the conservative border control agency union and Trump told them it wasn’t important because it’s all about him getting reelected and not about the American people. So I guess we could stay there Trump’s migrants! But hey he loves to poorly educated like you!

      We have laws in this country and a constitution that prevents a strong man fascist dictator like you want.

      • Big rant

        March 6, 2024 at 4:17 pm


  3. Thomas Lee

    March 5, 2024 at 9:13 pm

    Nice going, all vet should vote for her now…she definitely getting my vote … thanks for using taxpayer dollar to give welfare to anyone on the planet who doesn’t like to work….

  4. Trump loves the poorly educated.....

    March 6, 2024 at 7:25 am

    What did Baker do to help our homeless veterans?

    • I Hate Stupid Democrats

      March 6, 2024 at 4:06 pm

      Nothing. He’s just as useless. Both parties only care about consolidating power & money at the expense of everyone else

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