Lyndia Downie, President and Executive Director, Pine Street Inn
Over the past 50 years, Pine Street Inn has evolved from a building on Pine Street in Chinatown providing ‘a hot and a cot’ -- a meal and a bed for the night -- for 200 men, to four shelters and 40 permanent housing locations, supporting close to 2,000 men and women every day.
Our goal is to support men and women in moving off the streets and out of shelter into a permanent home. Caring on-site staff help tenants reconnect with the community and ensure long-term stability and success. This journey is different for every individual, but through both innovative and time-tested programs - coordinated with citywide efforts - Pine Street supports men and women on a pathway towards greater independence.
In our work to solve homelessness, we are increasingly focused on housing: creating and maintaining permanent housing for the most vulnerable men and women in Boston. To accomplish this, we have launched a special campaign, which was announced at our Key Moments Event to ensure that we can continue to support our tenants and sustain our housing well into the future.
These funds will help us to create 200 new units of housing, bringing our total to 1,000 units in all; make necessary repairs and improvements to our existing housing; and establish permanent funding for future housing needs.