Transitional ProgramsThere is no one road on the journey out of homelessness — different situations, challenges and life stages require specialized resources. Pine Street offers distinct transitional programs for elderly guests, working men and women, pregnant women and individuals working to overcome addiction.
WORKING MEN’S AND WOMEN’S PROGRAMsThe Working Men’s and Women’s Programs provide transitional housing for individuals who are employed either part- or full-time and saving a percentage of their earnings to eventually access permanent housing. Those accepted in the program agree to maintain sobriety, open a bank account to save for an apartment and meet with a counselor weekly. Employment assistance and support groups are offered on-site.
OLDER MEN’S AND WOMEN’S PROGRAMsElders are one of the fastest growing homeless populations in the United States. Twenty percent of individuals in Massachusetts over the age of 65 live below the poverty level—half of those are homeless. The Older Men’s and Women’s Programs at Pine Street Inn serve individuals over the age of 55. Participants in this program are often too old to reenter the workforce and too young to qualify for elder housing.
MEN’S TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAMFor men who are currently sober and progressing in their recovery from addiction, the Men’s Transitional Housing Program (MTHP) offers support for a successful transition to permanent housing. MTHP is a two-year, residential program for men over the age of 18. The program is located at Pine Street’s satellite location on Long Island in the Boston Harbor. Participants are required to pay a portion of their income as room and board and are also required to save at least 20 percent of their income to prepare for their transition into housing.
All participants are referred through Pine Street’s emergency shelter. Some may be employed but for those who are not, job training is provided. Case managers work with participants to access recovery support, legal assistance, health care and mental health services, life skills training, financial management and assistance with their housing search.