Pine Street Inn’s guests often struggle to get back on their feet only to discover that housing is beyond their grasp. For many, the cost of market-rate housing is a barrier. For others, the difficulty of managing daily life on their own in the face of ill health, old age or a disability makes most housing options unworkable.
Since 1984, Pine Street Inn has developed permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with on-site support staff.
A typical residence includes private rooms with common kitchens, bathrooms and living areas. Tenants pay up to 30 percent of their annual income (many make less than $9,000 annually) as rent. On-site staff helps tenants to connect with community services, maintain stability and avoid a return to homelessness. Specialized housing is available to for elderly tenants, individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness, those with a history of mental illness or individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
Pine Street Housing Map
Housing is the Solution to HomelessnessOver the past 10 years, Pine Street has focused significant efforts toward creating more permanent, supportive and affordable housing options for homeless men and women. It now houses more than 800 people at 36 sites in Boston and Brookline.
By 2015, Pine Street will expand its housing for chronically homeless adults by 300 units, while also reducing the demand for emergency shelter beds.
Read more about Pine Street’s housing expansion strategy.
Scattered Site HousingSome people we work with prefer not to live in a group environment. Others require even more intensive services that Pine Street’s housing provides. Therefore, Pine Street also supports more than 300 units of scattered site housing throughout the neighborhoods of Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Waltham and Malden.
Tenants in these one- or two-bedroom apartments have experienced chronic homelessness and receive intensive support to help them develop life skills leading to greater independence. Case managers provide assistance with activities of daily living; healthcare referrals; community integration; goal setting; and job training, employment of volunteer opportunities.
Housing FirstIn 2007, Pine Street launched an innovative Housing First program, which places chronically homeless people directly in housing and then introduces treatment, services and referrals to keep them there. Research measuring the Housing First model’s effectiveness shows that even the most challenged individuals remain in supportive housing at a rate of 85% after a year or more. Pine Street's program continues to achieve an even greater than 90% retention rate.
Read a Housing First Case Study