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This working Issue Brief addresses the lack of affordable housing in the Commonwealth for adults living with mental health conditions. It includes a discussion of the affordable housing crisis in the Commonwealth, the most common configurations of housing and types of support services, key players in the development of affordable housing units, and sources of affordable housing funding.

In each of these areas, the working Issue Brief presents the current situation and pending proposals to improve access to affordable housing for people living with serious mental health conditions, as well as our recommendations. Some of these recommendations would create housing opportunities for a wider group of people – low-income people who need affordable housing – and others would create housing opportunities specifically for people living with mental health conditions.

A helpful Appendix follows, describing key programs referenced in this working Issue Brief.