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.
We wanted to let you know about the continued steps we are taking in relation to COVID-19. Working with Boston Health Care for the Homeless, the Boston Public Health Commission and Massachusetts Department of Public Health, we are closely monitoring this rapidly changing situation.
“This is an unprecedented health threat and we are greatly concerned about our community,” said Pine Street President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie. “We continue to put measures in place, working 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 the operations of the Inn. 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.
Statement from Pine Street Inn:
Suffolk University has repurposed a dormitory to provide at least 172 beds, helping reduce congestion and increase social distancing in Boston shelters. This facility will be managed in collaboration between Pine Street Inn and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and will accommodate elderly, frail guests, where social distancing is most critical.
Boston University is providing dormitory accommodations for Pine Street staff working long hours and extra shifts, giving a place to rest and regroup.
In order to control the virus and to provide as much social distance as possible, we are currently unable to offer a bed to anyone who has not stayed with Pine Street the prior night; we are doing our best to protect the health and safety of those already staying with us. We are referring new guests to triage staff they can call, and staff will work with people to find an alternative accommodation.
“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.”
Governor Charlie Baker has ordered non-essential businesses to close and has issued a stay-at-home advisory. Because Pine Street Inn and BPHC provide food and shelter, both are considered essential service organizations and will remain open.
Pine Street has worked with our partners at BPHC and the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) to identify isolation and quarantine sites, including McInnis House, Newton Pavilion and 1515 Commonwealth Avenue, for guests who cannot return to the shelter because of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Boston Convention & Exhibition Center has been transformed into a field hospital with a portion of beds dedicated to members of the homeless community.
Pine Street has implemented the following ongoing steps in relation to COVID-19:
For those guests who are identified as exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we have worked with BHCHP and the City of Boston to send guests to an off-premises location for them to undergo the recommended length of quarantine.
The City of Boston has taken the following actions specific to the homeless population as part of its COVID-19 response: