AdvocacyIn addition to the housing, shelter, outreach and job training programs and services provided by Pine Street Inn, we also work at a policy level focusing on policies that will help bring positive change to the lives of homeless men and women.
Pine Street Inn is only able to do the work it does because of its partnership with city, state and federal government. Elected and government officials are the drivers of both funding and policy which provide key resources to both homeless individuals and the agencies that serve them.
Pine Street Inn receives close to 60% of its funding from the government. Through our Government Relations department, we work to maintain a productive relationship with those government funders and policymakers so that we can maximize their support.
As a part of Pine Street’s efforts to contribute to and help shape those critical funding and policy decisions, we engage in the following activities:
Education and advocacy of housing and homelessness issues with elected officials as well as the community at large
Participation in policy-setting statewide commissions, councils, task forces and coalitions whose focus is housing and services to homeless and low-income people
Commission to End Homelessness
- Member, CHAPA (Citizens Housing and Planning Assoc.)
- Member, MHSA (Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Assoc.)
- Member, National Low Income Housing Coalition
- Member, National Coalition for the Homeless
Member, National Coalition to End Homelessness
Organizing around specific issues pertinent to Pine Street's mission and the bigger issue of homelessness
- Work closely with community groups to support issues of importance to Pine Street Inn
Work with friends of Pine Street to advocate with legislators regarding budget and policy issues of importance to
Pine Street and the homeless men and women we serve
Voter registration and education
- In 2004 Pine Street created a state-wide coalition which joined with a nationwide event to register homeless people to vote
- In 2008 Pine Street participated in a national effort to register homeless and low-income people to vote
- Ongoing efforts to register homeless men and women to vote throughout the year