Spectrum Health Systems has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency (MassHousing).  The grant will fund renovations for 12 apartment units in Worcester at a property recently acquired by Spectrum specifically to provide affordable drug-free housing for individuals in recovery living in the community.

Spectrum Health Systems"This housing provides a safe, stable and dignified environment for people in recovery from addiction," said Spectrum President and CEO Charles Faris. "In addition, the location is easily accessible to public transportation, employment centers and treatment facilities, including Spectrum's peer recovery support center and outpatient clinics – all of which are important elements to sustained long-term recovery.”

"There is a great need for affordable drug-free housing throughout the Commonwealth, and this grant will help men and women in Worcester who are overcoming addiction and working to reclaim their lives as productive members of society," said MassHousing Executive Director Thomas R. Gleason.

Spectrum currently provides 38 affordable drug-free housing units in Worcester.

The MassHousing grant will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that creates and preserves affordable housing in Massachusetts for recovering substance abusers.

Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit substance abuse and mental health treatment provider.  The organization currently treats 45,000 individuals each year through more than 125 programs in community-based settings and correctional institutions throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa, Maine, Florida, and Washington State.

Andrew Strecker, Development Associate
(508) 792-5400 x7113

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