The Baker-Polito administration this week took a step toward redevelopment of the Shattuck Hospital campus to provide supportive housing and treatment for people in the area struggling with substance use disorders. , chronic homelessness or mental health issues.
The administration on Tuesday issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the project, which will include the creation and operation of a minimum of 75 to 100 new permanent supportive housing units along with a continuum of treatment and care services. green spaces on the 13-hectare campus in Jamaica Plain, according to the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
“This project will ensure that a campus long dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Massachusetts residents will continue to serve its primary purpose,” Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders said in a statement. communicated.
“The Commonwealth has worked closely with frontline healthcare and housing providers, civic and neighborhood groups, municipal leaders and our network of community partners to develop a thorough and thoughtful redevelopment approach,” said Sudders said. “This is an essential step in our efforts to maintain behavioral health services for Massachusetts residents where and when they need them.”
According to the state, the project includes leasing the site to one or more development partners, who will undertake the design, planning, construction, and operation of the campus in partnership with the state.
“The project will help address housing and addiction treatment needs across the city and region, promoting harm reduction and reducing barriers to treatment,” EOHHS said in a statement. “Rejuvenated green spaces on site and more sustainable systems and buildings will support environmental health and well-being on campus, advancing environmental goals and contributing to improved health outcomes.” »
A “temporary cottage community” already operates on the Shattuck campus, providing low-threshold transitional housing for people struggling with homelessness in the Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard area.
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