Finding an affordable apartment in Boston may get a little easier August 16, 2021 | Housing Navigator Massachusetts has launched what they say is the first comprehensive, searchable database of affordable housing in the state. It tracks some 160,000 units in 260 cities and towns, with plans to add more, a sort of Zillow for the lower-cost corners of the housing market. And for Pine Street Inn, a provider of emergency shelter and supportive housing in Boston, it’s “almost impossible” to keep track of all the affordable-housing units available at any time, said president and executive director Lyndia Downie. A tool like the Navigator, she said, will be a game-changer.
Boston Public Radio: Lyndia Downie on Federal Eviction Moratorium August 6, 2021 | Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie spoke on GBH's Boston Public Radio about the federal eviction moratorium and its impact. "We know when people get evicted, not every person walks to the doors of Pine Street Inn," she said. "People will double up, they'll go to friends and family. But eventually, we do know that 15-20% of those folks end up in shelters."
Boston Globe: Mayoral Candidates Address Homelessness July 29, 2021 | Homelessness is a challenging issue, especially in a high cost city like Boston – but it is solvable. We learned how the candidates for Boston Mayor intend to address homelessness, which connects not only to housing, but healthcare, employment & equity. The forum was presented by the Boston Coalition for Homeless Individuals.
Shattuck closure stirs fight over green space vs. social services May 15, 2021 | Lyndia Downie, president of the Pine Street Inn, which provides emergency shelter and other services to more than 200 people a day at the Shattuck property, noted that the law that transferred the Shattuck site to the state requires it be used for public health purposes. “We have a desperate need in Boston for housing for people at the lowest income level, and this site has the benefit of already serving low-income people, and it is close to both the bus and T at Forest Hills,” she said. “We need every site we can find.”
The Boston Globe: Apartments for homeless to be built in Jamaica Plain May 10, 2021 | We are glad this housing development can now move forward in partnership with The Community Builders. “This is literally a groundbreaking project for us,” Pine Street Inn President & CEO Lyndia Downie notes. “The people we’re targeting for this [housing development] have been homeless the longest and have the hardest situations,” Downie said. “The support services are the glue that helps folks acquire and stay in the housing they need.”