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 precautionary 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 precautionary 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.
Right now we are in need of volunteers to help operate as food delivery drivers. Please contact us at email@example.com with your phone number and the position you are interested in, and we will follow up with you. Please be sure to wait to hear back from us before coming in to the shelter, as we will be unable to accomodate walk-ins. Thank you!
To help us manage this unprecedented situation, we have established two funds so that we can continue to provide for those who turn to us in our shelters, on the streets, and in housing.
If you wish to support these efforts, please know you are helping Pine Street do everything possible to keep our guests and tenants safe.
Pine Street is implementing the following:
We will keep you updated on any new developments. Again, our thanks for your continued support.
March 26, 2020
Note to media:
Pine Street Inn is allowing only essential staff and guests onsite at this time. To protect the health and safety of our community, we will not allow any media interviews/photography at our shelters. Thank you for your cooperation.
Statement from Pine Street Inn:
Pine Street Inn has been informed that an individual who stayed at Boston-area shelters, including Pine Street, has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is currently hospitalized at a Boston-area hospital. The shelters involved are working with various health partners, including the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), to track others who may have been in contact with this individual. For weeks, we have been preparing for this eventuality, and we are continuing to implement measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 among individuals experiencing homelessness.
Together with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Pine Street continues to screen every guest prior to shelter entry to identify anyone with COVID-19 symptoms and/or who has come from the specific countries/locations the CDC has noted. With more than 3,200 screenings conducted at Pine Street thus far, the results of 54 tests from shelter sites citywide are pending and expected back in a few days.
“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 continues to work with our partners at BPHC and the Department of Neighborhood Development (DND) to identify isolation and quarantine sites for guests who cannot return to the shelter because of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19.
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:
Stacy Grisinger, Elevate Communications, 617.785.6886, firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Trevisan, Pine Street Inn, 617.460.3022, email@example.com
Caitlin McLaughlin, Boston Public Health Commission, 857.393.0002, firstname.lastname@example.org