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ATR addresses another critical recovery support for
ATR participants – HOUSING.

ATR’s sober home service provides wrap-around support to ATR participants experiencing housing instability by addressing both their housing and recovery needs, while increasing their capacity to support themselves once the ATR rental subsidies end.

All eligible ATR participants must be referred to this service by one of the authorized ATR referral portals and if accepted, will work with an ATR Housing Coordinator to find a sober home that meets their needs. ATR will pay the sober home rent and will assign a peer recovery coach to work alongside the participant for the duration of their stay in the sober home.

ATR only funds participants to live in sober homes that are certified by the Massachusetts Alliance for Sober Housing (MASH), which is the primary agency for accountability of all certified sober homes in Massachusetts.
The ATR sober home service has two main goals for ATR participants:

  • Stabilize individuals by providing safe and drug-free housing
  • Increase their capacity to support themselves so that when the rental subsidies end, individuals can pay for the rent on their own.


Sober Home services are only available to ATR participants within the five cities that ATR operates:

  • Boston
  • Worcester
  • New Bedford
  • Lowell
  • Springfield/Holyoke


  • Placement into a MASH Certified Sober Home by an ATR Housing Coordinator.
  • Up to 5 months of rent paid to a MASH Certified Sober Home. The checks are paid weekly to the sober home.
  • Support from a Recovery Coach every week.
  • Long term housing and employment supports and monitoring.


As said above, we have two parallel goals with this service option. One goal is to help people who are unstably housed get into more stable housing. The other, equally important goal, is to empower them to develop financial independence and self-sufficiency so that when their time in ATR ends, they will be able to pay the rent on their own. 

Who is eligible for sober home services?

  • Individual must be a current active ATR participant.
  • Individual must have a housing need at the time of referral. Anyone already living in a sober home is not eligible.
  • Individual who has an income from a job is not eligible. This is because they already have the means to pay for their own rent and do not need a government subsidy.
  • Individual must be either:

∼ Enrolled (or soon-to-be enrolled) in ATR’s job training program and receiving work-study benefit checks from ATR

NOTE: Everyone who attends an ATR job training program is paid an income while they are in training. This is so that they can concentrate on their training without the distraction of worrying about income needs during the training period.

Participant must be willing to find employment upon completion of the training program. Job search will be closely monitored and if not progressing, individual may be terminated from the Sober Home service.


∼ Receiving SSI/SSDI income.

Recognizing that the monthly amount obtained through SSI/SSDI is often insufficient to pay rent and keep a household running, it is optimal for the individual to find a part-time job to increase their income.

Prior to being considered for enrollment in the sober home service, the referral portal will refer everyone on SSI/SSDI to a BENEFITS COUNSELOR who will work with them individually to understand their benefits and how much they can earn through employment without losing any of their benefits. The ultimate goal is that, even though receiving public benefits, they should find employment to augment their income.

If the individual is not willing to meet with a Benefits Counselor, s/he will not be enrolled in the Sober Home service.

Some Considerations


When during the recovery process should someone be referred to ATR and its sober home service?

An individual should be stabilized in their new recovery and with new medications prior to making a referral. The individual should be at a point in their recovery process when they can begin to start thinking of their long-term goals in the future and be stable enough to be able to live in a more independent living situation (such as a sober home).

Once enrolled, ATR expects every individual to find employment within 30 days of graduation from CBI. The Sober Home Recovery Coach will monitor their job search activity and if not demonstrating progress towards finding a job, they may lose their Sober Home funding from ATR. You can find out your participant’s CBI enrollment information from the emails we send out to the “ATR go to” person at your organization.


  • Our service is not an emergency housing service and we are unable to accept those who need immediate emergency housing. Please allow time for our Coordinators to schedule an intake (can take up to 2 weeks), be able to find the appropriate sober home (based upon bed availability), and coordinate move in. If coming from a residential treatment program, this referral needs to be incorporated into the discharge planning process.

  • Our ATR Housing Coordinators do the search to find a suitable sober home for each participant.  If the participant has a sober home they are interested in, we will try to accommodate but cannot guarantee that placement.

  • Visit the Contact Us page to see who to contact in your city for information on Housing Coordinators or Sober Home Recovery Coaches.

How to refer an individual for the Sober Home service

To refer an ATR participant for sober home assistance and placement, authorized portals should complete this referral form and upload any required documentation. Our referral form is password protected, and only Authorized Referral Portals have access to make a referral.

After a referral is received, our Housing Coordinator will reach out to the individual to schedule an intake appointment.