Pine Street Inn greatly appreciates the interest and support of our community. The health and safety of our guests, tenants, volunteers and staff is of utmost importance to us.
“Pine Street Inn, together with our partners, is taking every precaution to protect our guests and employees," said Pine Street President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie. "We continue to work closely with public health partners as we take action to keep our staff, guests and tenants safe.”
We are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of concern from our community. These emergency measures will have a significant impact on our operations. To help us manage this unprecedented situation, we have established several ways you can help us continue to provide for those who turn to us.
If you wish to support these efforts, please know you are helping Pine Street do everything possible to keep our guests and tenants safe.
We are concerned about properly sheltering those experiencing homelessness. In addition to existing shelter beds at Pine Street and other providers, our partners at the City of Boston have brought on about 200 additional beds for the winter, at several locations around Boston. Additionally, the City is working with the state to add additional capacity in locations outside of Boston as well.
In January 2021, Pine Street Inn, in partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless, started providing the COVID-19 vaccine for shelter guests and frontline staff, as deemed eligible by Governor Baker.
Following protocols to provide distancing, in July 2020, Pine Street Inn leased a building at 891 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, to accommodate 180 medically-compromised guests where social distancing was most critical. Staff members are working with them to find permanent housing as quickly as possible.
We have implemented the following in our shelters:
Initially, in spring 2020, the COVID-positive rate in our shelters was 36%. With above protocols in place during the summer, the positive rate was zero. We are doing universal testing in our shelters and as of early 2021, the rate is around 2%, well below the general public. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and to reinforce our safety protocols, as we continue to roll out access to vaccines.