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  • WBUR: In Back Bay, more than 100 new apartments for people previously unhoused
    May 22, 2024 | Pine Street President Lyndia Downie, Dara Kovel of Beacon Communities and Martyn Roetter of the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay sat down with WBUR to discuss the positive impact affordable housing has on the community.

  • CommonWealth Beacon: Amid shelter crisis, don’t forget about individual homelessness
    April 29, 2024 | A recent CommonWealth Beacon opinion piece co-authored by Pine Street President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie explores how factors, including lack of housing, rising housing costs & the migrant crisis, are straining the individual shelter system.

  • Boston Magazine: Lyndia Downie Selected as One of Boston Magazine’s “150 Most Influential Bostonians"
    April 23, 2024 | Pine Street’s President Lyndia Downie has been chosen by Boston Magazine as one of the most influential Bostonians. Boston Magazine praised Lyndia for something we see every day — building coalitions throughout the city to help end homelessness.

  • New England Weekend: Pine Street's John Lane on WBZ
    April 13, 2024 | John Lane, a housing case manager at Pine Street’s Clarendon Street residence, recently sat down with WBZ radio’s Nichole Davis to discuss his path from shelter guest to staff member at Pine Street Inn.

  • Historic Back Bay building now has state’s largest homeless housing development
    March 8, 2024 | This MassLive article covers the grand opening of 140 Clarendon Street, Pine Street’s newest residence in Boston’s Back Bay. The ribbon-cutting event included remarks by Mayor Michelle Wu, Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities Ed Augustus and Pine Street’s President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie.

  • The Christian Science Monitor: Why Boston’s wealthy Back Bay said yes, in our backyard
    February 14, 2024 | A recent article from The Christian Science Monitor highlights Pine Street Inn's new residence in Boston’s Back Bay and what happens when communities advocate for permanent supportive housing. Learn about our "housing-first" approach to homelessness and how community support is essential to creating pathways to housing for everyone.

  • Mayor Wu, volunteers canvas Boston for 44th annual homeless census. ‘It just puts everything in perspective.’
    February 1, 2024 | Pine Street Inn staff, Mayor Michelle Wu and over 270 volunteers canvassed Boston for the annual Homeless Census. The Census counts people experiencing homelessness on the streets and in shelter and informs how resources should be allocated to address this critical issue.

  • Boston’s Pine Street Inn uses $15 million gift to keep pace with demand during housing crisis
    January 24, 2024 | On January 24, 2024, we celebrated the Yawkey Foundation’s decades of support, dedicating our women’s shelter as "Yawkey House." The Yawkey Foundation's $15 million gift will increase our supportive housing by 400-500 units, providing opportunities for homeless individuals to secure stability through a home and community.

  • A miracle on Clarendon Street: How a Back Bay building became apartments for homeless people
    December 2, 2023 | Read Shirley Leung’s column in The Boston Globe to learn how Pine Street Inn's 140 Clarendon Street site in Back Bay is a model for ending homelessness in Boston. "Thank God, you have something over your head, outside it’s so cold," says Jack Koutoujian, a 140 Clarendon Street tenant. "The best thing in life is to have your own room."

  • NBC Boston: Pine Street Inn full of volunteers for Thanksgiving meal as housing crisis continues
    November 23, 2023 | For decades, people without a home have been gathering at Pine Street Inn to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. This year, dozens of volunteers served 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to people across Greater Boston.

  • Lyndia Downie on BPR Radio - Thanksgiving Edition
    November 21, 2023 | On November 21, 2023, Lyndia Downie sat down with Boston Public Radio’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan and discussed Pine Street Inn's Thanksgiving plans, shelter capacity and how permanent supportive housing can end homelessness in Boston.

  • WBUR: With adult shelters in Mass. overflowing, advocates worry about winter
    November 20, 2023 | While Boston shelter numbers are on the rise, Pine Street Inn is working hard to help everyone find a decent place to live and the support and services they need to rebuild their lives. Lyndia Downie shared her insight with WBUR.

  • WBZ: Pine Street Inn's Push for Permanent Supportive Housing in Greater Boston
    November 18, 2023 | Lyndia Downie joined Nichole Davis on WBZ's New England Weekend to talk through Boston's housing crisis and updates on our permanent supportive housing initiative.

  • Number of Older Adults Facing Homelessness on the Rise
    September 20, 2023 | This recent report from WCVB 5 explores the increase in homelessness among older adults. As the cost of housing in Greater Boston continues to rise, older adults are increasingly at risk of becoming homeless. At Pine Street Inn, we see this trend firsthand. Often, Pine Street tenants, like Pat, become homeless as the result of unforeseen issues like medical bills due to an injury or illness.

  • Providing iCater Trainees with Farm-to-Table Experience
    September 20, 2023 | Pine Street Inn and our friends from Food for Free and Waltham Fields Community Farm were recently featured in The Boston Globe. Through this partnership, iCater trainees gain experience in preparing farm-to-table meals — a growing trend in the culinary world.

  • Lyndia Downie Live on Boston Public Radio
    July 14, 2023 | Recently, Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie sat down with Margery Eagan and Andrea Cabral on Boston Public Radio. During a wide-ranging conversation, Lyndia discussed the growing need for affordable housing, support for migrant families in Boston and Pine Street’s efforts to house more people from the streets.

  • At Fidelity Charitable, these are Boston’s most popular nonprofits
    July 11, 2023 | Billionaires dominate the philanthropy headlines. But donor-advised funds like Fidelity Charitable have become an important vehicle for the type of everyday giving millions of Americans do each year.

  • Supportive housing at Shattuck site in Franklin Park offers a practical alternative to Long Island
    June 28, 2023 | A behavioral health, housing ‘community’ holds promise for solving the Mass and Cass dilemma.

  • Boston Neighborhood Network News 6/16/2023
    June 16, 2023 | Recently, Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie sat down with Boston Neighborhood Network Media to talk about the upcoming conversion of 900 Morrissey Blvd. in Dorchester into 99 units of supportive housing and more.

  • Pine Street Inn to expand operation with new $1 million grant from Cummings Foundation
    June 14, 2023 | Pine Street Inn, New England’s largest provider of homelessness services, will expand its outreach operation and mission to find permanent housing solutions for unhoused people in Boston after it was selected to receive a $1 million grant over 10 years from Cummings Foundation.

  • 'The sky's the limit': At Pine Street Inn, a workforce training graduation full of hope
    June 9, 2023 | The nonprofit's roughly three-month long workforce development program teaches people skills they can use to secure a job and transition out of homelessness.

  • New England Patriots donate van, supplies to organization fighting homelessness
    June 7, 2023 | The New England Patriots Foundation donated a new van to the Pine Street Inn – an organization that helps people experiencing homelessness. "To the great Patriots, the players, the team… we are so lucky in this city and state to have the Patriots,” Pine Street Inn President Lyndia Downie said. “I can’t even tell you how grateful we are for that.”

  • Pine Street Inn's Journey to Housing Equality Arrives in Dorchester
    June 3, 2023 | The Boston Planning and Development Agency recently approved a plan for the Comfort Inn on Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester to be transformed into permanent supportive housing for seniors. Lyndia Downie, Executive Director of Pine Street Inn, talks with Nichole about the project, the fight over the Long Island Bridge, and their upcoming workforce development graduation.

  • Yawkey Foundation Spring Brunch
    May 18, 2023 | Recently, guests at the Women’s Inn enjoyed a special “Blooming Brunch” to celebrate spring. Our thanks to Yawkey Foundation for joining us to serve brunch. The Foundation is helping to make the days brighter for our guests through their funding to install 313 energy-efficient windows in the Women’s Inn. Our deepest gratitude for all Yawkey Foundation does to support our guests and tenants, including their transformative support of our housing expansion.

  • $16.5 million in federal funds will be allocated to combat homelessness in Boston
    May 18, 2023 | Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has revealed that $16.5 million in federal funds will be allocated to combat homelessness in the city. The funding will provide crucial support to initiatives addressing the issue, such as expanding affordable housing options, enhancing mental health and addiction services, and implementing prevention programs. This significant investment demonstrates the city's commitment to tackling homelessness and improving the lives of those in need.

  • BPDA’s board signs off on 900 Morrissey
    May 12, 2023 | The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) has approved a proposal to convert the Comfort Inn on Morrissey Boulevard into affordable housing units. The $900 million project aims to address the city's affordable housing crisis by repurposing the existing hotel into 356 units of affordable housing. The decision by the BPDA's board marks a significant step in creating more accessible housing options for residents in Boston.

  • Plan to convert hotel to homeless housing in Dorchester heads for BPDA vote
    May 11, 2023 | The plan to convert a hotel into supportive housing in Dorchester is moving forward despite neighborhood concerns. The plan, which aims to address the city's homelessness crisis, is scheduled for a vote by the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA). While some residents are worried about potential negative impacts on the community, proponents argue that the project is necessary to provide shelter and support for people experiencing homelessness.

  • ‘There is so much joy and support that goes into a marathon’
    April 15, 2023 | My name is Philip Lam and I am so excited to run in the 127th Boston Marathon to raise money to support the incredible work at Pine Street Inn.

  • David Krakauer is running Boston for the eleventh time
    April 14, 2023 | My name is David Krakauer and I’m running my 11th Boston Marathon, and for the 10th time, in support of Pine Street Inn.

  • 900 Morrissey to go before BPDA in May
    April 13, 2023 | Two nonprofits, Pine Street Inn and The Community Builders, are seeking to overhaul the 131-room hostelry at 900 Morrissey Boulevard into studio apartments, complete with kitchenettes and 24-hour, 7-day a week security. Case workers would also be on hand to provide services to the formerly homeless.

  • Boston shelters gear up for expected extreme cold
    February 2, 2023 | Boston officials and organizations are working to support and protect those in need as cold air bears down on the region this weekend, conducting outreach and opening shelters in anticipation of expected dangerous conditions.

  • Wu Leads the 43rd Annual Homelessness Census
    February 2, 2023 | With record setting cold weather approaching this weekend, Mayor Michelle Wu on Tuesday night led a group of volunteers, including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development officials, City officials, State officials, homelessness services providers, and public health and first responders, in conducting the City of Boston’s 43rd annual homelessness census.

  • Lyndia Downie on GBH Radio January 6
    January 23, 2023 | Lyndia Downie weighed in on Gov. Maura Healey’s plans to support the homeless through supportive housing. Downie is the president and executive director for the Pine Street Inn.

  • ‘You Have to Learn to Listen’: How a Doctor Cares for Boston’s Homeless
    January 23, 2023 | Lessons from Dr. Jim O’Connell’s long crusade to treat the city’s “rough sleepers.”

  • ‘Permanent supportive housing’ may be controversial to would-be neighbors, but it’s been beneficial to those who live in it
    December 29, 2022 | Read Shirley Leung’s column in The Boston Globe to learn about a few of those stories and how we're accomplishing our mission to end homelessness. "'I never want to leave this place,' said Carlos Jimenez, 70, as he showed off his first-floor studio adorned with a Christmas wreath on the door."

  • Boston's Pine Street Inn serves thousands of Thanksgiving meals
    November 25, 2022 | For decades, people without a home have been gathering at Pine Street Inn to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. This year, dozens of volunteers served 2,000 Thanksgiving meals to people across Greater Boston. "If there's anything I'm grateful for today, it's having volunteers here," said Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie.

  • Pine Street Inn president says opposition to supportive housing is 'mostly based in fear'
    October 31, 2022 | “Hotels are pretty easily convertible, because you've got a bathroom already, you've got the room. They don't need a lot of work," Lyndia Downie, president and executive director of Pine Street Inn said on Boston Public Radio on Friday. "And this hotel is in pretty good shape."

  • Melrose Symphony's Opening Night, "iCater" with Pine Street Inn, and Boston's Housing "Report Card"
    October 31, 2022 | Tai Irwin and iCater trainee Renee J. discussing the important work we do to help over 100 people each year return to the workforce.

  • The Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts 2022
    October 31, 2022 | Pine Street Inn has been named as one of the “Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts 2022.” We are so proud of President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie and her leadership in solving homelessness, as acknowledged by The Women’s Edge and Boston Globe.

  • iCater with Pine Street Inn
    October 29, 2022 | Tune in to “New England Weekend” to hear our Workforce Development team’s Tai Irwin and iCater trainee Renee J. discussing the important work we do to help over 100 people each year return to the workforce

  • Pine Street Inn president says opposition to supportive housing is 'mostly based in fear'
    October 28, 2022 | Pine Street Inn’s President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie recently joined Margery Eagan and Jim Braude on Boston Public Radio to discuss the need for more supportive housing in Boston. In 2023, Pine Street Inn plans to open 251 new units of housing with more on the way.

  • Pine Street Inn eyes Dorchester hotel for new affordable housing development
    August 30, 2022 | Pine Street Inn is looking to convert the Comfort Inn hotel in Dorchester into a permanent, supportive residence for formerly homeless people, part of the organization’s efforts to expand its housing programs. The plan is to create between 105 and 110 single-occupancy apartments at the 900 Morrissey Blvd. hotel, which currently has 130 hotel rooms in 47,000 square feet of space.

  • Boston Offering Places to Cool Off as City Heats Back Up
    August 4, 2022 | Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie warns that this heat can be deadly. Pine Street launched its outreach workers, armed with water, as the temperature climbed. “Really this weather is just as dangerous for people who are homeless,” said Downie.

  • Lyndia Downie on GBH Radio
    August 3, 2022 | Pine Street Inn’s President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie spoke with GBH’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan about the state of homelessness in Boston and the high-risk of heat-related illnesses posed by this summer’s excessive heat.

  • Decades of Holy Cross Alumni Service Help Evolve Boston’s Pine Street Inn
    July 26, 2022 | Three of Pine Street’s leaders and Holy Cross alumni — Monsignor Frank Kelley, co-founder; Patrick Jones, former board chair: and Lorn Davis, current board chair — were featured in the latest Holy Cross Magazine. Through years of dedicated service, they have helped guide Pine Street Inn from humble beginnings to becoming a national leader in the fight to end homelessness

  • Boston homelessness continues downward trend
    June 23, 2022 | The city’s total homeless and actively unsheltered populations both declined. The city’s homeless population, as counted by city officials and volunteers Feb. 23 during the 42nd annual homeless census, decreased by 2.4% from 2021. The drop brings the measure for the number of people experiencing homeless at one point in 2022 down to 1,545.

  • Pine Street Inn Graduation Ceremony Marks a Win After Lifetime of Challenges for Many
    June 16, 2022 | Some of the Pine Street Inn graduates had been waiting two years for this moment — as ceremonies were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Pine Street Inn graduates 75 people ready for jobs
    June 16, 2022 | With the help of the staff of the Pine Street Inn, New England’s leading organization dedicated to ending homelessness, he was one of more than 75 graduates Thursday from the shelter’s workforce development program.

  • Pine Street Inn's Graduation: Once homeless, graduates learn job, social skills
    June 9, 2022 | Thursday’s graduation ceremony will be the first that the Pine Street Inn has hosted in three years, since the COVID-19 pandemic began, giving participants a sense of accomplishment.

  • Massachusetts advocates work to get most out of ARPA funding to house people who are homeless
    June 7, 2022 | A group of advocates and social service providers is trying to make sure Massachusetts gets as much supportive housing as possible out of federal pandemic relief money.

  • Light clothes and lots of water: Tips to help you stay safe during this weekend's heat wave
    May 20, 2022 | With record-breaking heat expected to bake the region this weekend, organizations in and around Boston are preparing to help those in need.

  • Tents Are Gone, But Problems Remain at Mass. and Cass
    May 2, 2022 | A troubled neighborhood in Boston is continuing to struggle, and with the weather getting nicer, the concern is growing for some. "Do I think decentralizing makes sense? Sure, of course it does. But where are you going to decentralize to?" asked Lyndia Downie, executive director at Pine Street Inn.

  • MassDevelopment Provides $53.5 Million Tax-Exempt Bond Financing for Boston’s Largest-Ever Supportive Housing Complex
    May 2, 2022 | MassDevelopment has issued a $53,551,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of Washington Pine LLC, an affiliate of The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) and Pine Street Inn, which will use bond proceeds to construct a five-story, 144,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 3368 Washington St. in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.

  • Boston has what it takes to end homelessness
    February 22, 2022 | As the city of Boston prepares to conduct its annual homeless census on Feb. 23, we would like to extend a challenge: Let’s end homelessness in Boston. This may seem like a lofty goal, but Boston’s street homelessness rate, as measured by last year’s census, was under 4 percent. We must continue to expand supportive housing options throughout the region that can help support our most vulnerable residents.

  • Join the "Have a Heart" fundraiser
    February 4, 2022 | We are thrilled to partner again this year with 99 Restaurants for their annual Have a Heart fundraiser. From now through February 20, 2022, 48 locations in eastern Massachusetts and Salem, NH, are raising funds for Pine Street Inn.

  • Work finally starts on long-planned homeless housing in Jamaica Plain
    February 2, 2022 | “There’s so much research on supportive housing and how it ends homelessness,” said Lyndia Downie. “Does it end every person’s struggles? No. But it’s a start.” Check out the latest update regarding our project at 3368 Washington in JP that will provide 140 Units for those moving out of homelessness.

  • Lyndia Downie Speaks on GBH Radio
    February 2, 2022 | Recently, Lyndia Downie joined GBH’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Boston Public Radio to discuss new supportive housing in development.

  • Pine Street Inn Receives $15 Million From Yawkey Foundation
    December 9, 2021 | We are thrilled to announce that we have received a transformational gift of $15 million from the Yawkey Foundation today, which will fund 400-500 new units of permanent supportive housing! Our partnership with the Foundation goes back over 34 years, and we look forward to our continued work together to end homelessness. Our deepest gratitude -- this gift will change many lives!

  • 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.”

  • Framingham State University & Boston College To Recognize Lyndia Downie
    May 11, 2021 | Downie will deliver the commencement address at Framingham State University on Sunday, May 23, celebrating the class of 2020 whose original graduation had been postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following day, on May 24, Downie will be awarded an honorary degree from Boston College during their commencement ceremony.

  • 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.”

  • Boston Public Radio: Lyndia Downie on Covid's impact one year later
    March 16, 2021 | Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie chatted with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan of Boston Public Radio to discuss the challenges of keeping the homeless community safe during the pandemic. She also explained how shelters across the country are repurposing vacant hotels and motels into supportive housing.

  • Mayor Walsh Announces New Funding from DND for 140 Clarendon St. Project
    March 3, 2021 | We are excited about the progress being made in this partnership with Beacon Communities LLC and The Mount Vernon Company for 140 Clarendon Street in Boston's Back Bay. This represents a big step forward in our efforts to expand affordable housing.

  • WBUR: Vaccinating the most vulnerable
    January 22, 2021 | "I'll be honest, it's very emotional to watch," said Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie. Downie said she's thankful to state officials "for prioritizing people who are normally at the bottom of every list, and who this time actually got a shot at being at the top of the list and a shot at some hope."

  • CBS Boston: Making Christmas Memorable Without Volunteers
    December 24, 2020 | Chef Frank said, “It’s a very difficult time of year for our guests so it’s also an opportunity for us at Pine Street Inn to make it the best we can for them, and while we try to give them great food all year round, we really go all out for the holidays.”

  • Shelter guests to receive covid-19 vaccine
    December 21, 2020 | “Our guests are just like everybody else. They have questions about it. Some people are in a high-risk category and want the vaccine and are very worried about getting COVID,” Lyndia Downie, Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director, said to Spare Change News.

  • Globe: Finding Gratitude Amid Heartbreaking Crisis
    November 22, 2020 | This year, Thanksgiving is looking and feeling very different. "There isn’t a piece of our operation that is not stretched really, really thin,” Pine Street Inn’s president and executive director, Lyndia Downie, said. “We’ve got to protect as many people as we can. We’ve got to add some capacity statewide. And then we’ve got to stay on top of the COVID testing so it doesn’t get to where it was in the spring.” Few people know how valuable — how essential — that mission is as Kevin Mount does. Lives really do hang in the balance. He knows because he has been there. He has been one of them. “They saved my life,” he said. “Without exaggeration, they saved my life. ”Thank you, Pine Street.”

  • Lyndia Downie Recognized as Top 100 Women-Led Business
    November 6, 2020 | Congratulations to Massachusetts' top 100 Women-Led Businesses recognized by The Commonwealth Institute and Boston Globe Magazine for their leadership efforts, including our own President and Executive Director, Lyndia Downie!

  • CBS News: Homeless Americans Face Voting Barriers
    October 27, 2020 | Breaking down misconceptions and barriers to voting for individuals experiencing homelessness This year, we’ve continued a longstanding tradition of encouraging our guests to register and exercise their right to vote. Lyndia was interviewed on CBSN about the misconceptions and barriers that people experiencing homelessness face during election season, and what Pine Street Inn is doing to support our guests.

  • 'We're Not Going Back To Crowded Shelters': The Scramble For Space
    October 19, 2020 | "We want to be here for people," Downie said. "But at the same time, if we go back to the numbers we had before — even with the personal protective equipment, even with the work we've done on cleaning and sanitation — the COVID numbers are going to go up, and we're going to put people at risk. And we have a lot of people here who are older — you know, a lot of people have preexisting conditions."

  • Pine Street Inn leases former hotel to help social distancing during coronavirus pandemic
    July 14, 2020 | The lease of the former hotel will last for a year, with the program aiming to use it as a “bridge to permanent housing” for its guests. The measures to de-densify Pine Street have been successful, with the Inn’s president & executive director Lyndia Downie recently telling WBUR’s Lynn Jolicoeur that the positive test rate has fallen to two percent from the 36 percent rate in April.

  • Former Mass. Ave hotel to become temporary homeless shelter
    July 14, 2020 | A former hotel will be welcoming 180 new guests starting next week as it transforms into a temporary homeless shelter. Pine Street Inn secured a one year lease at 891 Massachusetts Ave., most recently a Best Western Plus, to avoid shelter overcrowding. The people who will be moving to the location in Roxbury, near the South End line, are coming from Suffolk University’s Miller Hall, where they were moved in April during efforts to avoid overcrowding at homeless shelters across Boston.

  • Globe: Pine Street Inn preparing to move homeless from Suffolk dorm
    July 13, 2020 | The Pine Street Inn is preparing to relocate the homeless people who have been housed at a Suffolk University dorm since April to a hotel that the organization has leased for the next year, according to Pine Street’s director. “This will be a replacement for Suffolk University dorm as a way to keep social distancing,” said Pine Street Inn’s executive director, Lyndia Downie. Starting next week, the shelter plans to bring 180 of the 230 people housed at Suffolk to 891 Massachusetts Ave., she said. A year-long lease of the address, which is listed as a Best Western hotel, will hopefully give the organization enough time to find permanent housing solutions for all of them, Downie said in a phone interview Sunday.

  • WBUR: Boston's Pine Street Inn Secures Hotel Building In Effort To Control Coronavirus
    July 13, 2020 | The largest homeless shelter in Boston, Pine Street Inn, has acquired a new property for some of its guests as part of a plan to avoid shelter overcrowding and another surge of the coronavirus. "We cannot go back to an [overcrowded] environment like that, because we will just be back to a spread of the virus," Downie said.

  • Globe Magazine: Our dedication to helping homeless people endures
    June 21, 2020 | At the Pine Street Inn and beyond, our dedication to helping homeless people endures. Like other tireless workers at shelters across the nation, our amazing front-line staff have unfailingly stood by our guests and tenants.

  • WBUR: Homeless Shelter Pine Street Inn Sees Significant Drop In Number Of Positive Coronavirus Tests
    May 27, 2020 | In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Pine Street Inn has been putting measures in place, including social distancing, to limit the spread of COVID-19 among shelter guests. Through retesting of guests, WBUR 90.9 FM's segment highlights that our efforts have been working. Lyndia Downie [Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director] says more needs to happen to continue to contain the spread of the coronavirus and protect people who are homeless into the future.

  • DigBoston: Shelter workers adjust to keep their own families safe from COVID-19
    May 21, 2020 | Emilio Baez, the housekeeping administrator for Pine Street Inn, is still working six to seven days a week leading a team of 28 housekeepers, and realizes he could be exposed to the virus. The pandemic has him performing what he calls “a ritual” every day before entering his home to protect his family—especially his 12-year-old asthmatic daughter. Once he arrives back at his house in Roslindale, Baez cleans his car, removes his shoes, and heads straight to the basement.

  • WBUR: Coronavirus Testing In Boston's Homeless Community Shows Shelter Size And Density Matter
    May 18, 2020 | Going forward, we need to continue to find ways to ensure social distancing within shelter settings. WBUR 90.9 FM's Lynn Jolicouer explains the need.

  • Op-ed: Serving the poor is a path to higher humanity
    May 15, 2020 | Melissa MacDonell of Liberty Mutual Insurance Foundation penned an op-ed in the BBJ. While there are many heroes in the COVID-19 story, let’s not forget the brave men and women keeping these shelters open, offering meals for our neighbors who are hungry, traveling alongside the scared and alone and forgotten. They are professionals who are collaborating and clamoring on behalf of a population of people primed for outbreak and spread of this deadly disease. Champions serving the homeless and poor. Advocates who keep showing up, stepping up and striving to “be up.” They’re heroes on a good day, miracle workers on a bad, and they need our renewed support.

  • BU to Open Fenway Campus to Pine Street Inn Employees
    April 9, 2020 | “This is such a generous offer from Boston University,” Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie says. “Like everyone else, we have staff and guests who have tested positive for the virus. Our frontline staff are the heroes in this epidemic, and they are working around the clock to keep homeless people safe. In coordination with the city, they’re working to bring up other facilities for homeless people who need a place to go during this pandemic. In some cases, [staffers] are working double shifts and need a place to stay,” making BU’s offer a vital help, says Downie. “We also have some who have long commutes, and this will reduce their commute time.”

  • How the Pine Street Inn feeds Boston’s frightened homeless
    April 2, 2020 | “If you’re hungry and homeless, if you got kicked out, get in line. We feed you,” says [ Pine Street Inn Chef] van Overbeeke, who got his start in fine dining at restaurants such as Salamander and Pomodoro. “We don’t have the option to close.” But now those lines are different. Now, he says, “People are scared.”

  • Coronavirus: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has secured over 240 additional beds for the homeless
    March 29, 2020 | Through the efforts of our operations team behind the scenes, guests will soon have additional safe places to self-quarantine. “We are fully committed to protecting all of our residents, including those experiencing homelessness, because every life is worth protecting,” City of Boston Mayor Walsh said. “We will continue to ramp up resources as necessary to serve everyone in our city with the care and equity they deserve. I sincerely thank everyone who is doing their part in helping us increase our ability to help those in need."

  • Coronavirus will Hurt 'Poorest People' The Most, Says Lyndia Downie
    March 24, 2020 | "It's going to hurt the poorest people the most, and the people with the fewest options the most."

  • Lyndia Downie On Serving Boston’s Homeless During Coronavirus
    March 19, 2020 | "It’s a group that’s going to be highly at risk and a group that doesn’t have the ability to self-quarantine the way other people do,” she said. “And that is going to put other people at risk. So, it behooves all of us to pay attention to this and do a good job with it, so that we limit transmission across the state.”

  • What happens to the homeless in the age of coronavirus?
    March 18, 2020 | Boston homeless shelters brace for even tougher days as the bottom falls out for many.The efforts now being made to help needy people weather this storm will pay dividends when this crisis resolves. Downie [Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director] noted, with relief, that the numbers of people in shelter haven’t increased yet. But that will likely change, as the tanking economy inflicts more pain on people who were barely hanging on.

  • ‘This Is Not a Virus of Equity’: Homeless Shelter President on COVID-19
    March 17, 2020 | The president of the largest homeless shelter in Boston describes the unique challenges they're facing in protecting guests during this pandemic.

  • Funding Goal Reached for Housing Construction for Homeless
    March 2, 2020 | Recently our President & Executive Director, Lyndia Downie, spoke on Boston Neighborhood Network TV about how in our work to solve homelessness, we are increasingly focused on creating and maintaining permanent housing for the most vulnerable men and women in Boston. The Boston's Way Home Fund will help Pine Street Inn create 200 new units of supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for homeless men and women.

  • Remembering Vin McCarthy, trailblazer and homeless advocate
    February 23, 2020 | Vin McCarthy, one of Pine Street Inn's earliest supporters, recently passed away. We are very grateful and proud to carry on his legacy. Adrian Walker dedicated a The Boston Globe column to Vin and our other founders. Vin McCarthy was a political activist, a trailblazer in the Boston legal community, and a crucial figure in helping some of the neediest people among us.

  • Overwhelmed Mass. Homeless Shelters Call For New Vision, Funding From State
    February 7, 2020 | "This is a big, big conversation that we need to have broadly, frankly, about all the pieces that we need regionally," Downie says. "And then I think there's the question of, even if there were resources available, do communities want to do this? And are they willing to step up and think about supportive housing, think about shelter differently?"

  • Sobriety Rules At MA Homeless Shelters Lead Some Seeking Help To Keep Moving
    February 6, 2020 | "Saying to people you can't come in the front door when our goal is to get those folks into treatment obviously doesn't work," says Lyndia Downie, Pine Street Inn's president and executive director. "You can't get people into treatment if you can't start a dialogue and build some trust with them," she adds.

  • 'Endless Need': Boston Seeks More Regional Cooperation To Help Adults Who Are Homeless
    February 6, 2020 | The city's largest homeless services provider, Pine Street Inn, says in 2019, people came to the organization's shelters from more than 150 Massachusetts cities and towns — and from around the country. Lyndia Downie, Pine Street's president and executive director, says they cited lots of reasons. "The issues were as complex, or as simple sometimes, as there's no shelter in the town I live in. ... Somebody said go to Boston," she says. "Maybe someone went into treatment, a treatment bed was available in Boston. They couldn't go back to where they came from."

  • Globe: Fund to create long-term housing for homeless in Boston reaches $10 million goal
    January 30, 2020 | Boston’s Way Home Fund has raised $10 million to fund long-term housing for the city’s homeless, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced in a statement Wednesday. Walsh unveiled the fund in January 2018 with the goal of raising $10 million by 2022, the statement said. The money will be used to create “hundreds of new units of supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for chronically homeless men and women.”

  • WBUR: 2 Years early, Boston's Way Home Fund to help house chronically homeless complete
    January 29, 2020 | Two years before its target date, Boston has reached a goal of raising $10 million to help people who've been chronically homeless be permanently housed. The Boston's Way Home Fund will help pay for support services for the residents of a future permanent housing development that homeless services provider Pine Street Inn is planning in Jamaica Plain. It will be the largest housing development the city has ever had for people who've been chronically homeless.

  • Real Estate Boston: 3368 Washington Street mentioned as one of 10 Boston developments to watch in 2020
    January 10, 2020 | From Real Estate Boston: Even as some of the city’s most transformative projects of the last decade, like Hub on Causeway, continue to inch higher into the sky in 2020, we asked Jonathan Greeley, director of development review for the BPDA, to name some of the notable developments the public should keep an eye out for in 2020.

  • CBS Boston: Formerly Homeless Man Celebrates In New Home
    December 26, 2019 | BOSTON (CBS) — Just as the song goes, there’s no place like home for the holidays. And what better gift, than a home of your own for the very first time. “Every time I turn these keys, it’s a blessing. My mom asked me, ‘Did it hit you yet?’ I said no. Not yet. It will in due time. I’m just overwhelmed. It’s just awesome,” said Thomas “TJ” O’Neil Fields as he smiled.

  • Globe: Walsh, local man share stories of sobriety, sports & a home
    December 23, 2019 | They met by chance two Thanksgivings ago, during a game of bingo at the Pine Street Inn’s annual turkey dinner. They shared a love of professional sports and battles with alcoholism. Mayor Martin J. Walsh called his number, B59, and so Thomas Fields Jr. – he goes by T.J. – wanted to say thank you. He had been homeless for years, and had been staying at the Holy Family shelter in Dorchester, but he was two months sober, and things were on the upswing.

  • Kevin Cullen, Globe: New State Street tower would help pay for major project in JP to help the homeless
    December 16, 2019 | When a city enjoys an economic renaissance, many residents end up left behind, wondering if they’ll ever benefit from the boom...But sometimes, even in a city burdened by a big gap between haves and have-nots, some profits can trickle down to those in need of help. Case in point: A new office tower in downtown Boston will help subsidize an apartment building in Jamaica Plain with 140 studios set aside for the homeless. Make that the soon-to-be formerly homeless. This would be a place where tenants could settle down for the long-term, with a roof over their heads and support services downstairs.

  • WBUR: Pine Street Gets Key Approval
    November 15, 2019 | Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie said the building is a big step in the city's plan to scale up permanent supportive housing. "There's just not enough supply, and this is a way to add to the supply and to build something that's specifically geared to people who not only need something they can afford, but they need some help with a whole variety of things on the support end."

  • Globe: BPDA approves Pine Street Inn's newest housing development
    November 15, 2019 | Pine Street Inn's newest housing development to be built in Jamaica Plain will create 140 new units of housing for individuals moving out of homelessness. We look forward to moving forward with our partners on the project – The Community Builders and RODE Architects Inc.

  • Jamaica Plain News: Mayor Walsh Celebrates BPDA Approval of Housing Project in JP
    November 14, 2019 | "In Boston, we are committed to making sure that every individual has a place to call home and build a better life," said Mayor Martin Walsh via press release. "This project is only possible because of the commitment of Pine Street Inn, The Community Builders, and many partners and stakeholders across the city who have joined our call to bring an end to chronic homelessness."

  • Lyndia Downie & Pine Street Recognized as one of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses
    November 8, 2019 | The Commonwealth Institute and Globe Magazine partnered to recognize the state's most noteworthy organizations led by women. Congratulations to all of the women recognized for their leadership, including our own President and Executive Director, Lyndia Downie!

  • Boston Herald: Pine Street Inn offers solutions and support for Boston's homeless
    November 8, 2019 | For many who live and work in Boston, the homeless are nuisances to hurry past, an abstract problem someone should do something about, reminders to be thankful for what they have, a threat to property values when they land in the neighborhood. To the Pine Street Inn staff, they are the people they always were, not defined by the lack of an address.

  • Boston Herald: Pine Street Inn president says homeless stereotypes preventing change
    November 7, 2019 | Lyndia Downie, President and Executive Director, met with the Boston Herald and discussed how addressing homelessness has evolved over the years and how persistent stereotypes can make it challenging to implement solutions.

  • BNN TV: Pine Street Inn Aims for Boost in Housing
    October 30, 2019 | On BNN News, our President & Executive Director, Lyndia Downie, spoke about Pine Street Inn's 50-year history and shared our plans for the future to create additional units of affordable housing.

  • WCVB Channel 5 "5 Fixer Upper" Renovation Complete at Yearwood House
    October 29, 2019 | WCVB Channel 5 is Pine Street Inn's Media Partner as Pine Street marks 50 years in the community. As part of the partnership, Channel 5 led a "5 Fixer Upper" makeover to provide fresh, comfortable living quarters for the 22 tenants who reside at Yearwood House.

  • Robert F. Walsh, former BRA director and guiding force at Pine Street Inn, dies at 78
    October 27, 2019 | We are saddened by the passing of longtime trustee, volunteer, friend and community leader, Robert F. “Bob” Walsh. Bob and his wife, Karylann, were honored for 40 years of service a few years back, and we dedicated stained-glass windows in our Men’s Inn dining room in their honor. Bob was committed to bringing hope and respect to our guests, tenants and trainees every day. The homeless men and women of Boston have lost a great friend and advocate.

  • Pine Street Inn announces $50 Million "Key Moments" campaign
    September 26, 2019 | Pine Street Inn is marking its 50th anniversary with a $50 million fund-raising campaign so it can continue to fight homelessness for many years to come. It’s the largest fund-raising initiative to date for the organization, which has already raised $36 million toward the campaign to build and maintain housing for the long-term future, officials announced at an anniversary event Thursday night. “It’s bittersweet,” Lyndia Downie, Pine Street Inn’s president and executive director, said in a telephone interview. “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a lot of work to do.”

  • MassLive: Pine Street Inn kicks off $50 million fundraising campaign for housing Boston’s homeless population
    September 26, 2019 | Pine Street Inn celebrated its 50th anniversary by launching a $50 million fundraising drive to pay for repairs, emergency expenses and a recently proposed 225-unit housing complex in Jamaica Plain. The fundraising campaign would help the organization add 200 new housing units for people transitioning out of homelessness or others who qualify for affordable housing, said Lyndia Downie, president and executive director. The funds are also expected to go toward building repairs, support services and other resources for the roughly 2,000 people the nonprofit serves daily.

  • Boston Magazine: Pine Street Inn Is Celebrating 50 Years with 200 More Housing Units
    September 26, 2019 | The local nonprofit's $50 million campaign aims to expand permanent housing for those who have experienced homelessness.

  • The Boston Globe Bold Types Video | Lyndia Downie
    August 13, 2019 | Watch this recent interview with Lyndia Downie as she talks about the successes – and challenges – of moving men and women out of homelessness and into the stability of housing.

  • Pine Street Inn’s Lyndia Downie on the organization’s pivot from shelter to housing
    August 13, 2019 | “People are dealing with so much and life can be really hard for them. I am inspired by how hard people work to get out of here, and that they get up every day and just keep trying.”

  • Transition apartments for homeless getting makeover
    June 3, 2019 | WCVB | Pine Street Inn is installing new floors, cabinets and appliances to restore hope for the tenants who live there.

  • Expanding insurer MassMutual joins Pine Street housing effort
    May 6, 2019 | Boston Globe | Mayor Marty Walsh dialed up MassMutual CEO Roger Crandall and asked for help with Boston’s Way Home Fund. The money will be used for a 225-unit residential project for the city’s homeless that Pine Street Inn has proposed in Jamaica Plain.

  • Boston’s largest homeless housing complex could come to Jamaica Plain
    April 3, 2019 | | A six-story development proposed in Jamaica Plain would be the largest permanent homeless housing complex in Boston if it wins city approval.

  • Pine Street Inn Bringing Housing to Jamaica Plain
    March 28, 2019 | Spare Change News | Pine Street Inn, the region’s largest homeless services provider, announced it is working with a nonprofit housing organization to create 225 new units of housing at 3368 Washington Street and is planning to file a letter of intent on the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

  • PRICED OUT: Micro-housing offers solution for Boston's homeless
    March 21, 2019 | WFXT Boston 25 | "Once people are housed and they get the right support we know they stay and we know it ends their homelessness for the long term."

  • Pine Street Inn pitches permanent housing complex for homeless
    March 20, 2019 | The Boston Globe | The Pine Street Inn and a leading developer of affordable housing are planning to build what would be Boston’s largest complex of permanent supportive housing for homeless people, on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain.

  • Pine Street Inn Proposes Permanent Housing Complex
    March 14, 2019 | necn | The Pine Street Inn is teaming with a developer of affordable housing and a local architecture firm for the plan in Jamaica Plain. Lyndia Downie, Pine Street Inn's executive director, Andy Waxman, Community Builders regional VP of Development, New England, and Eric Robinson of Rode Architects, join Sue to talk about the plan.

  • Pine Street Inn Proposes New Income-Restricted Building In JP
    March 14, 2019 | Patch | Pine Street Inn is proposing to turn its office building on Washington Street, not far from the Green Street T, into a multi-story 225 unit income-restrict apartment building, and officials are calling it the most significant project of its kind in Boston to date.

  • Boston's largest permanent supportive-housing complex pitched for Jamaica Plain
    March 14, 2019 | Curbed Boston | Homeless services charity Pine Street Inn and affordable housing developer The Community Builders are proposing what would be Boston’s largest complex of permanent supportive housing for the homeless on a Jamaica Plain site at Washington and Green streets.

  • Pine Street Inn Plans Large Affordable Project in JP
    March 14, 2019 | Banker & Tradesman | A large affordable housing project could be coming to Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, courtesy of the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter.

  • Pine Street Inn Plans City's Largest Housing Complex For Those Who've Been Homeless
    March 11, 2019 | WBUR | "I hope if this is successful, we can continue to think about really scaling up supportive housing, targeted to the people who really have no other housing option in this market." -Lyndia Downie, Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director

  • They said, ‘We’re behind you, but you’ve got to take those first steps.’
    February 22, 2019 | The Boston Globe | “At first, Amy wouldn’t even talk to me,” Bunch said. But the ice gradually melted and Bunch noticed something. So did Shiva Kuczinski, another Pine Street outreach worker. “She was ready,” Kuczinski said. Ready to make the leap, from the street to an apartment.

  • Boston Delegation visits Pine Street Inn
    February 21, 2019 | Wicked Local Allston-Brighton | Members of the Boston legislative delegation recently visited Pine Street Inn to show support for homeless individuals in the city and to learn more about the support system in place serving these individuals. Members of the Coalition for Homeless Individuals, including Project Place, the Boston Public Health Commission and St. Francis House, joined for the presentation.

  • More than 1,000 walk to fight homelessness in Boston
    February 13, 2019 | Boston Globe | All of the event’s proceeds will go to the Winter Walk’s community partners: Boston Health Care for the Homeless, Brookview House, Pine Street Inn, Y2Y Harvard Square, and Boston Medical Center.

  • Spikes are not a solution to homelessness
    February 5, 2019 | CommonWealth Magazine | Spikes installed under a bridge send a clear message to those who have no home that they are not wanted. Spikes are not a solution, serving only to drive vulnerable people to another desolate location as they do their best to survive. What are the solutions?

  • With Government Open, Boston's Pine Street Inn Plans And Prioritizes
    January 28, 2019 | WBUR | The 35-day federal government shutdown left organizations that rely on federal funding with the prospect of running out of funds, including Boston's Pine Street Inn, a homeless services provider that helps homeless people in Boston move from the streets into shelters, and from shelters into affordable housing. The president of the Pine Street Inn, Lyndia Downie, joined Weekend Edition to discuss how the organization is approaching this three-week grace period.

  • Boston Sunday Review: Lyndia Downie
    January 27, 2019 | 98.5 SportsHub | The President and Exective Director of the Pine Street Inn takes a look at New England's largest resource for homeless men and women and the struggles faced by homeless individuals and the programs that lead to re-housing and independence.

  • Windchills will be below zero into Tuesday morning
    January 21, 2019 | The Boston Globe | Shelters in Boston are working overtime to bring homeless people indoors for at least one night. “In this kind of weather, we can sometimes coax those who stay outside to come indoors,” Barbara Trevisan, a spokeswoman for Pine Street Inn, said.

  • Shutdown’s Pain Cuts Deep for the Homeless and Other Vulnerable Americans
    January 21, 2019 | The New York Times | One month after the government shutdown began, its effects have begun to hurt some of the most vulnerable Americans: not just homeless people, but also those who are one crisis away from the streets.

  • ‘It’s a great feeling’: Mass. teens volunteer in Boston
    January 20, 2019 | The Boston Globe | Hundreds of eighth-graders from across Massachusetts who worked on service projects in Boston on Saturday left a message of friendship to city residents: We’re here for you. Service projects included work at the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Pine Street Inn, and the Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Dorchester.

  • For low-level offenders, this Boston court provides a second chance
    January 17, 2019 | PBS NewsHour | This Boston initiative aims to keep people charged with low-level crimes from being left on the streets, unable to break out of a perpetual cycle of offense. Tina Martin of WGBH reports.

  • Concerns Grow Among Mass. Affordable Housing Agencies Amid Shutdown
    January 16, 2019 | WBUR | Now about four weeks into the government shutdown, the federal agency that distributes housing dollars is closed for business. That's causing some people in Massachusetts' affordable housing sector to develop contingency plans.

  • Pine Street Inn marks the holiday with grace and hope
    December 24, 2018 | The Boston Globe | The dining room in the men’s section of the Pine Street Inn was draped in garland and lights, the long tables set for a Christmas Eve lunch. The 70 or so men sat and waited to be served. Some spoke softly to their neighbors, others just looked down as volunteers and shelter staff made some final arrangements before Cardinal Sean O’Malley said grace.

  • Boston Celtics Honor Dorchester Native As A Hero Among Us
    December 22, 2018 | Boston Patch | Nelson's work at the Pine Street Inn affects thousands of people experiencing homelessness each year.

  • Reconnecting 10 Years Later 'Was The True Test Of Friendship And Time'
    December 21, 2018 | NPR | Last year, friends Jeanne Satterfield and Barbara Parham reconnected for the first time in a decade at a place neither of them expected to be — a homeless shelter. On a visit to StoryCorps in October, Satterfield and Parham recall how reuniting at the Pine Street Inn, a shelter in Boston, couldn't have come at a better time.

  • The Most 'Wonderful Christmas Present' For One Boston Man: A Home
    December 20, 2018 | WBUR | Christmas presents come in all shapes and sizes. For one Boston man, the best holiday gift this year is a big one. It's a home.

  • Boston Political, Sports Leaders Serve Up Thanksgiving
    November 24, 2018 | WCVB | “I am happy I have a place to eat and stay warm. Grateful for the volunteers who took time away from their own families to help those who need it the most. It is truly a blessing.” -PSI Emergency Shelter Guest

  • Pine Street Volunteers Serve Food, Side Of Hope
    November 23, 2018 | Boston Herald | ‘People who care about my well being’ show diner true community.

  • Boston political, sports leaders serve up Thanksgiving
    November 23, 2018 | WCVB | “I am happy I have a place to eat and stay warm. Grateful for the volunteers who took time away from their own families to help those who need it the most. It is truly a blessing.” -PSI Emergency Shelter Guest

  • Shelters provide hot meals, housing for homeless during record cold temperatures
    November 23, 2018 | WHDH | “I’m grateful that they’re still committed to doing this and helping us enjoy the day,” said Bernard, one of the guests.

  • Pine Street helps homeless register to vote
    October 11, 2018 | The Boston Globe | “You can all vote,” Lyndia Downie, president of Pine Street Inn, told the gathering at the women’s shelter. “Sometimes I hear from some of our guests, ‘Gee. I can’t vote because I’m homeless.’ Not true.”

  • Boston Makes Big Strides, But Won't Meet Goal Of Ending Chronic Homelessness In 2018
    October 10, 2018 | WBUR | "In a very quick sense, in triage, we need to help them see that they deserve better. A shelter is not a home and community," says Dayna Gladstein, vice president of emergency services at Pine Street Inn. She says 18 percent of people who go through triage end up finding another place to stay right away.

  • Finding their place out of the Inn
    June 15, 2018 | The Boston Globe | Sixty graduates attended Thursday’s ceremony and will use what they learned in housekeeping and food service classes to bring themselves back into the workforce.

  • Gallery: Pine Street Inn training program graduation
    June 15, 2018 | The Boston Herald | Graduates hold their diplomas during the ceremony for those who have completed the Pine Street Inn training programs on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

  • Mayor Walsh unveils $10 million effort to end chronic homelessness in Boston
    January 1, 2018 | The Boston Globe | Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the establishment of the Boston’s Way Home Fund, in partnership with Pine Street Inn and Bank of America. The fund will raise $10 million, which will be used to create 200 new units of housing for chronically homeless men and women.

  • Women, reunited at homeless shelter, find comfort in shared struggle
    December 25, 2017 | The Boston Globe | Barbara and Jeanne both worked all their lives, and had known one another over the years. Then each suffered major health issues that caused them to lose their jobs, then their homes and come to Pine Street.

  • To Reunite Homeless With Loved Ones, New Tech Delivers Recorded Messages
    December 6, 2017 | WBUR | Seven years ago, John Alex Codio lost the phone number of one of his best friends. He was going to visit her in Miami, but his plans fell through. All these years later, he still regrets that he never got to explain himself.

  • Volunteers serve Thanksgiving dinner at Pine Street Inn
    November 23, 2017 | Boston Herald | View a slideshow of photos from the day.

  • Officials, volunteers give out Thanksgiving meals at Boston’s largest homeless shelter
    November 23, 2017 | WHDH | Dozens of people are giving back to their community by making sure those in need get a hot meal for Thanksgiving at Boston’s largest homeless shelter.

  • A Labor Of Love: Making 2,500 Thanksgiving Meals At The Pine Street Inn
    November 22, 2017 | WBUR | A lot of thought and effort goes into preparing a Thanksgiving meal for your closest family and friends. It's another level entirely when you're preparing Thanksgiving for 2,500 people.

  • Pine Street Inn to serve Thanksgiving meal to 2,000 guests, residents
    November 22, 2017 | Boston Globe | After volunteers prepared hundreds of pounds of turkey, stuffing, gravy, and all the fixings, the Pine Street Inn will serve a Thanksgiving meal to guests at their shelters and permanent housing locations throughout the city Thursday.

  • 'I Finally Did It': Homeless For Years, Lenny Gets A Home
    November 16, 2017 | WBUR | "All right, so we have a unit. It is an elevator building." Those are words Lenny Higginbottom has waited decades to hear: his own place to call home. The room full of people around him erupts in applause.

  • Diploma day for Pine St. programs
    June 26, 2017 | Boston Herald | For many of the graduates, who range in age from 20s to 60s, the ceremony under a big white tent at the Pine Street Inn was the first time in their lives they were able to celebrate an achievement.

  • Patriot Matthew Slater at Pine Street Inn commencement
    June 26, 2017 | The Boston Globe | Pats special teams ace Matthew Slater had some words of encouragement and appreciation Friday for 100 or so men and women who completed job-training programs at the Pine Street Inn.

  • Matthew Slater's message to Pine Street Inn grads: Believe in yourself
    June 26, 2017 | ESPN | New England Patriots Pro Bowl special-teamer Matthew Slater was the 2017 recipient of the Bart Starr Award for exemplifying character and leadership on and off the field, and watching him on Friday afternoon as a special guest speaker at the Pine Street Inn graduation reflected why he was a fine choice.

  • Paul English revealed a surprise at the Pine Street Inn’s fund-raising breakfast
    May 2, 2017 | The Boston Globe | Paul English, cofounder of and CEO of Lola Travel Co., was the keynote speaker at the Pine Street Inn’s Home Remedy Breakfast. English pledged to match up to $500,000 of any funds raised during the breakfast.

  • Environmental Police confiscate illegal catch, donate fish to Pine Street Inn
    March 14, 2017 | The Boston Globe | After Massachusetts Environmental Police on Sunday busted a fisherman with a batch of undersized fish, they brought his 45-pound catch of haddock, grey sole, and monkfish to Pine Street Inn so workers there could serve up a feast.

  • Homeless shelters to stay full after storm
    February 10, 2017 | Boston Herald | “It’s all hands on deck here. In extreme weather like this, having a warm place to stay could mean the difference between life and death,” said Barbara Trevisan, a spokeswoman for Pine Street Inn.

  • Spotlight: The Desperate and the Dead
    December 9, 2016 | The Boston Globe | If you’re interested to learn more about the struggle of being mentally ill and homeless, here’s a (long) but really interesting article in The Boston Globe. Pine Street is having great success with men and women in housing, where they find stability and support.

  • At Pine Street, a meal...and food for thought.
    November 25, 2016 | Boston Herald | More than 200 volunteers — ranging from regular people to pols — carved turkeys, filled plates and passed out food at the Pine Street Inn yesterday, but the spirit of generosity was also a reminder that the city’s homeless problem is not going away, organizers said.

  • On the holiday menu: turkey and compassion
    November 25, 2016 | Boston Globe | “It’s our Super Bowl!” said one regular volunteer to another as residents sat down at long tables covered in white tablecloths. Each place setting featured a hand-decorated mat and a note by a volunteer.

  • Local Politicians, Volunteers Serve Boston's Homeless On Thanksgiving
    November 25, 2016 | WBUR | Eighty-three turkeys, 700 pounds of mashed potatoes and 50 gallons of stuffing provided a Thanksgiving feast for hundreds of homeless people in Boston on Thursday, courtesy of The Pine Street Inn.

  • Homeless Shelters Fill Up With First Signs of Cold in Boston
    November 22, 2016 | NECN | Homeless shelters around Boston neared capacity Sunday night as temperatures dropped throughout the region. At the Pine Street Inn, the men's shelter had filled almost all of its 500 beds.

  • WGBH's Tina Martin visits iCater
    November 22, 2016 | WGBH | On this Thanksgiving eve many are grateful for the holidays, but imagine what it’s like to be homeless with no job and no opportunities, especially at this time of year.

  • 5 for Good: 'Field of Greens' harvested for the homeless
    October 28, 2016 | WCVB-TV | Thanks to decades of generosity of Lindentree's owner and the food rescue organization Food for Free, the yield from the field has been donated to those in need. This season it was specifically grown for the Pine Street Inn.

  • Homeless Voters Get Ready for Election Day
    October 7, 2016 | WGBH News | Hear President Lyndia Downie and a Women’s Inn guest talk about the significance of voting – especially when you’re homeless.

  • Trump’s debate performance makes it clear: Be sure to vote
    September 28, 2016 | The Boston Globe | Thomas Farragher’s column highlights Pine Street’s voter registration effort.

  • New Brookline Affordable Housing
    September 19, 2016 | WBZ TV and Radio | Home sweet home is the new reality for 30 people in Brookline, thanks to the efforts of the Pine Street Inn.

  • Pine Street Inn opens affordable housing on Beals Street in Brookline
    September 19, 2016 | Brookline TAB | Joe Joy has had a few roadblocks in his life. But now things are looking good, he says with a lime seltzer water in his hand while attending the grand opening of the Pine Street Inn’s latest affordable housing project in Brookline.

  • Developer proposes 52 studio apartments for older homeless
    September 8, 2016 | Boston Herald | A Milton developer is proposing a 52-unit studio apartment building in Dorchester that would house older homeless tenants and be staffed and managed by Boston’s Pine Street Inn.

  • The day in the life of a homeless person in Boston
    August 17, 2016 | FOX25 | From the chilly winters to the hot summers, area shelters are able to house more homeless people than the average city Boston's size. But there are still many hours of the day that have to be filled. FOX25's Chief Photographer Joe Martin spent the day with some homeless people in Boston to get their perspective on the situation.

  • Walsh appoints special chronic homelessness adviser
    August 8, 2016 | The Boston Globe | Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Boston’s first special adviser on chronic homelessness Friday — part of an effort to fulfill his promise to house all of the city’s chronically homeless men and women.

  • A dinner to satisfy multiple hunger pains
    August 8, 2016 | Metro News | Saving food can save lives: Food Rescue Challenge addresses Boston’s food waste and hunger problem. For participating Chef Frank van Overbeeke, working with rescued food is a challenge he’s quite familiar with. As the head chef of Pine Street Inn, a shelter that provides services to the homeless, van Overbeeke’s kitchen uses rescued food on a daily basis.

  • Job training class for homeless teaches skills, reinstates hope
    June 15, 2016 | The Boston Globe | More than 130 people who graduated Tuesday from a job training program at the Pine Street Inn, a Boston homeless shelter. Participants, many of whom had struggled with substance abuse and been homeless, learned a host of basic job skills, from building maintenance to housekeeping to cooking chicken at the proper temperature.

  • For the Pine Street Inn, a graduation
    June 15, 2016 | Metro News | Those who have completed job training through the Pine Street Inn shelter were honored in a graduation ceremony on Tuesday attended by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker.

  • Charlie Baker congratulates Pine St Inn graduates
    June 15, 2016 | Boston Herald | Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Pine Street Inn graduate Roberta Brown speak at the Pine Street Inn's graduation ceremony.

  • 5 For Good: Pine Street Inn graduation
    June 15, 2016 | WCVB-TV | The ceremony celebrates individuals who overcome homelessness.

  • How is Boston's Homeless Population Doing?
    May 25, 2016 | NECN | NECN's "The Take," Sue O'Connell talks about homeless men and women in Boston with Pine Street Inn and Saint Francis House executive directors Lyndia Downie and Karen LaFrazia, respectively .

  • Tracked down: Eliza Dushku, Taylor Schilling, Michael J. Fox and more...
    May 19, 2016 | Boston Herald | Watertown actress Eliza Dushku, a volunteer and intern at the Pine Street Inn, giving the keynote speech at the homeless shelter’s annual Home Remedy Breakfast at Westin Copley Place.

  • Eliza Dushku supports the Pine Street Inn
    May 18, 2016 | The Boston Globe | Actress Eliza Dushku spoke at the Pine Street Inn’s annual Home Remedy Breakfast Wednesday, talking about her personal connection to the place as a volunteer, intern, and also by way of a family member who has struggled with mental illness and homelessness

  • Community Welcomes 30 Men and Women, No Longer Homeless
    May 1, 2016 | Jamaica Plain News | Formerly homeless individuals, community neighbors, public officials, key investment partners and affordable housing advocates gathered Saturday, April 30, on Walnut Avenue in Jamaica Plain to celebrate the grand opening of the Francis Grady Apartments, 30 studio units for people who have been homeless, and of the Stacy Kirkpatrick House, a 20-bed medical respite facility for homeless individuals.

  • Hit the Ground Running: Boston Marathon runners find inspiration in fundraising for charity
    April 20, 2016 | Spare Change News | “At some point in a marathon, almost everybody starts to run into a point where they start to second-guess,” said Wholihan, recalling his experience hitting The Wall in the 2015 Boston Marathon. “The pain starts to kick in. The energy starts to run out. That’s when you really need to reach deep inside to get through it.”

  • Doing more for homeless people in Massachusetts
    March 18, 2016 | Commonwealth Magazine | The founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was grounded in the social contract. In a sermon delivered in 1630, Gov. John Winthrop articulated the belief that, “[W]e must… make other’s conditions our own…as members of the same body.”...New data released last month show a large gap between the services that homeless providers deliver and the state funding allotted to make those services possible.

  • Survey: State funding covers half the costs of homeless services
    February 26, 2016 | The Boston Globe | “These new survey results confirm what providers have known for a long time - that there are not enough resources available to help men and women in Massachusetts to move out of” homelessness, Lyndia Downie, president and executive director of Pine Street Inn, said in a statement.

  • All Hands On Deck
    February 15, 2016 | Metro US | For many of the Boston’s homeless, it can take some convincing to come out of the dangers of the bitter cold and into the warmth of a shelter. It requires gentle touch and a familiar face to get the city’s homeless population to head indoors, said Michael Andrick, director of outreach services for the Pine Street Inn on Harrison Avenue.

  • Preparing for the Bitter Cold
    February 15, 2016 | Boston Globe | With bitter cold forecast for the weekend, Pine Street Inn announced plans Thursday to continue operating above its capacity and increase the availability of teams that canvass the city and bring homeless residents indoors.

  • Reaching out ahead of freezing temps
    February 15, 2016 | Boston Herald | “The bad part about winter, being homeless, is it seems like things don’t go your way because of the elements,” said Seneca Rainey, 39. “You don’t know if you’re going to get jammed in the cold.”

  • With Homeless Shelters Already Full, Boston And State Collaborate On Winter Plan
    January 15, 2016 | As the harsh winter temperatures begin to hit Boston, homeless shelters are becoming inundated with displaced persons trying to escape the cold. To provide extra accommodation, the St. Francis house has offered to provide emergency overnight care on top of their functioning day program.

  • Boston Makes Major Progress Toward Ending Veteran Homelessness
    January 7, 2016 | WBUR News | The city of Boston says it’s made a huge dent in its mission to end homelessness among veterans, but there’s still work to do.

  • The Rise and Fall
    January 4, 2016 | Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Homelessness Resource Center | Boston’s Homeless Court helps people get past legal problems and into housing. Elizabeth Condron of Pine Street Inn and Judge Kathleen Coffey of Boston Municipal Court talk about why the program has worked and how it is growing.

  • O’Malley visits Pine Street Inn as homeless men pack shelter
    December 28, 2015 | Boston Globe | The temperature outside the Pine Street Inn climbed to shirtsleeve levels Thursday, but the balmy weather did not thin the crush of homeless men inside the shelter’s South End headquarters.

  • Boston Inn Serves Thanksgiving Dinner to Those in Need
    December 2, 2015 | NECN | Every year since 1969, Boston's Pine Street Inn has been serving up hot meals to the hungry and 2015 was no exception.

  • Pine Street Inn spreading hope at Thanksgiving meal
    December 2, 2015 | FOX25 | Volunteers came together and prepared thousands of meals for those in need to make sure no one went hungry this holiday.

  • Thanksgiving Volunteers Pay It Forward In Boston
    December 2, 2015 | WBZ TV and Radio | It’s the spirit of the season – giving, be it food, money or time. It’s the time of year people remember to give back.

  • Dinner in hostel
    December 2, 2015 | Univision Boston | Funcionarios públicos incluyendo al Alcalde de Boston celebraron este día al lado de los mas necesitados.

  • Mayor serves up turkey – and messages of hope
    December 2, 2015 | Boston Herald | “For me today to be a part of this, it energizes me to make sure that we 
continue to do what’s right for the people that are homeless in this city, and making sure we provide them the same opportunities that many other people have had,” Walsh said.

  • Hundreds gather at Goodwill for Thanksgiving dinner
    December 2, 2015 | Boston Globe | On Thursday morning, the Pine Street Inn homeless shelter will prepare close to 2,500 holiday dinners, including 1,500 meals for Pine Street’s guests and tenants and another 1,000 for other Boston shelters and groups.

  • Boston Brings Several Agencies Together To Help Find Housing For Homeless Veterans
    November 10, 2015 | WBUR | As the city of Boston tries to end homelessness, it’s paying particular attention to homeless veterans. Pine Street Inn teamed up with the city on that effort Wednesday November 4, inviting homeless veterans to a sort of one-stop-shopping event to help them find somewhere to live.

  • Pine Street Inn: Ending Homelessness by Fostering Independence
    September 11, 2015 | Mass Realty | Moving people from homelessness to housing and finding employment are the goals of Pine Street Inn. Founded in 1969, this South-End-based organization works to end homelessness by fostering independence in those it serves.

  • Clearing a path to a new life at judge’s Homeless Court
    August 15, 2015 | The Boston Globe | Normally, Judge Kathleen Coffey presides over a spacious courtroom in West Roxbury. But on the third Thursday of each month, Coffey dons her black robe and heads into a small conference room at the Pine Street Inn in the South End.

  • Once homeless, Boston job training graduates celebrate success
    June 4, 2015 | The Boston Globe | In March 2013, Boston native Ronald Taylor left his foreclosed condominium with a backpack and nowhere to go. The 60-year-old college-educated accountant from American University was homeless, but if you ask him, he never lost his sense of direction.

  • Pine Street Inn’s Micro-Units Life-Changing For Homeless
    May 21, 2015 | WBZ NewsRadio 1030 | Most people know the Pine Street Inn as an emergency homeless shelter in Boston. But it’s much more than their three locations in the city.The agency has 36 housing sites across the area.

  • In the South End, an awkward marriage
    May 11, 2015 | Boston Globe | As a final, undeveloped piece of the South End finally changes, the Pine Street Inn is going to great lengths to be a good neighbor to the many new residents moving into the neighborhood.

  • Ninety Nine raises $131K to support Pine Street Inn
    April 1, 2015 | The MetroWest Daily News | The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub this week announced that more than $131,000 was raised during the annual “Have a Heart” fundraiser benefiting New England’s largest provider of shelter and housing for the homeless, the Pine Street Inn.

  • Pine Street Inn Transitions To Permanent Housing
    March 9, 2015 | WBUR | From homeless to a home. Read Mark Mack's story of getting stable housing.

  • Lawyers raise $1M for Pine Street Inn house
    February 27, 2015 | Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly | Members of the Massachusetts legal community have raised $1 million to help put a roof over the heads of dozens of homeless individuals.

  • Need for Homeless Shelter Grows in Boston
    February 26, 2015 | NECN | From its beacon alongside the expressway in the city's South End, Pine Street will fill all 450 of these beds for men, plus 110 more for women again Wednesday night. The overflow in this bitter cold, topping one hundred, will be in cots in the lobby.

  • Advocates seek shelter for the homeless ahead of ferocious storm
    January 27, 2015 | Boston Globe | Advocates worked feverishly to take homeless people off Boston’s streets Monday ahead of a ferocious winter storm, even as the city continued to struggle with a shortage of emergency beds after last fall’s abrupt shuttering of the largest city-run shelter.

  • Boston health officials to aid homeless
    January 27, 2015 | Boston Herald | Boston health officials and police promise a united front to nudge the homeless into safe quarters through the blizzard, while staff at Hub shelters slept at work overnight on cots to ensure enough warm meals and accommodations were prepared to handle the influx.

  • Boston unveils new shelter to house homeless
    January 11, 2015 | Boston Globe | In fast work, city tries to ease crisis.

  • Charlie Baker thinks outside box with Pine St.
    January 8, 2015 | Boston Herald | A business started­ by New England’s largest homeless shelter has grown into a thriving enterprise that’s even catering some of Gov.-elect Charlie Baker’s inaugural events.

  • New governor’s celebratory 
dessert really takes the cake
    January 8, 2015 | Boston Herald | Local eateries are putting their stamp on Gov.-elect Charlie Baker’s inauguration today, with a menu featuring everything from a raw bar brunch to the crowning jewel — a 480-pound cake shaped like the State House.

  • Homeless confront a matter of life and death as frigid temperatures sweep US
    January 8, 2015 | The Guardian | Despite their best efforts shelters in countless towns and cities are struggling to provide enough space and resources for the homeless

  • In Bitter Cold, Concerns For Boston's Homeless
    January 7, 2015 | WGBH | The subzero temperatures pose a deadly risk to the local homeless population, and the situation is especially dire since the city has yet to come up with a replacement for the Long Island shelter that was shuttered back in October.

  • Dangerous Cold Puts Boston’s Homeless At Risk
    January 7, 2015 | WBZ | Brutally cold weather is forecast for Wednesday night in Boston, and that is increasing the concern for people who live on the streets.

  • Patriots honor volunteers during halftime ceremony
    December 28, 2014 | | The Patriots Charitable Foundation announced $90,000 in grants to 15 local nonprofits in honor of each Patriots Difference Maker named during the 2014 Celebrate Volunteerism initiative.

  • Routines upended as demand rises in Boston’s shelters
    December 26, 2014 | Boston Globe | Shelters see increased demand since closing of Long Island facility

  • Homeless find family in each other at holiday meal
    December 25, 2014 | Boston Herald | The Pine Street Inn Christmas Eve dinner is more than just another meal. It’s a gathering where the homeless come together as family in good times and bad.

  • Charlie Baker, Cardinal O’Malley visit Pine Street Inn
    December 24, 2014 | Boston Globe | Before Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and Governor-elect Charlie Baker served Christmas Eve lunch at the one of the region’s largest homeless shelters Wednesday, they prayed with scores of guests at the Pine Street Inn.

  • Cardinal, Gov.-Elect Baker Visit Boston Homeless
    December 24, 2014 | WBUR | The leader of Boston’s Roman Catholic church has maintained a holiday tradition of visiting the homeless on Christmas Eve.

  • Gov.-Elect Baker, Cardinal O'Malley Serve Food to Homeless
    December 24, 2014 | NECN | Massachusetts' next governor and the leader of Boston's Roman Catholic church visited Pine Street Inn, the city's largest homeless shelter, on Christmas Eve

  • Your Guide to Holiday Shopping With a Social Mission
    December 10, 2014 | Huffington Post | Boston Handyworks makes beautiful handmade and durable cutting boards. While the artisans transform pieces of raw wood into beautiful and unique cutting boards, they acquire the skills and confidence to go from homelessness to employed graduates.

  • Pine Street Inn needs help this holiday season
    December 3, 2014 | WCVB | Help for the Holidays takes us to the front door of a place that's been assisting the homeless for years.

  • Pine Street Inn shifts from beds to housing
    December 3, 2014 | CommonWealth Magazine | Pushes for homes first, treatment later

  • A bridge to somewhere: Tales of Thanksgiving
    November 28, 2014 | Boston Globe | Here are four portraits, of those seeking help, and those who give it, on the holiday.

  • Advocate’s heart still set on helping homeless
    November 28, 2014 | Boston Globe | At an age when many retire, homeless advocate Richard Ring has decided it's time to go back to work.

  • Walsh: Shelter to have ‘all the amenities’
    November 27, 2014 | Boston Herald | A new homeless shelter with “all the amenities” will be built on Frontage Road, at the site of a former methadone clinic the city shut down this past summer, to house those who were displaced after last month’s emergency closing of the failing Long Island Bridge, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said.

  • Shelter Provides Thanksgiving Dinner for Homeless
    November 27, 2014 | NECN | The Pine Street Inn in Boston has been serving Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless for decades.

  • Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias
    November 27, 2014 | WUNI News | Como es de costumbre varios funcionarios públicos celebraron el Día dándole comida a los más necesitados.

  • Pine Street gets gov catering gig
    November 27, 2014 | Boston Herald | Gov.-elect Charlie Baker is expected to tap Pine Street Inn’s corporate catering arm to help handle one, if not more, of his inaugural events, in a nod to the homeless shelter’s growing social enterprise.

  • After Shelter Closure, Homeless Outreach Not Just About Replacing Beds
    November 18, 2014 | WGBH | Pine Street Inn Executive Director Lyndia Downie discusses the fallout from the closure of the Long Island Shelter on Greater Boston.

  • Menino's Thanksgiving Tradition
    October 31, 2014 | NECN | For decades, the late former mayor of Boston, Tom Menino, served Thanksgiving dinner at Pine Street Inn.

  • Homeless population in Mass. rose 28 percent in past four years
    October 31, 2014 | Boston Globe | The homeless population in Massachusetts increased faster than in any other state in the nation, rising 40 percent since 2007. But less than 4 percent of the homeless in Massachusetts live on the streets — one of the lowest rates in the country.

  • In Bowdoin-Geneva, hope for the homeless and the neighborhood
    October 9, 2014 | Boston Globe | The building, named St. Peter’s, has 32 studio apartments, all but one of which are for homeless men and women.The property is representative of Pine Street’s efforts to shift from focusing on emergency shelter services.

  • Pine St. Inn’s Bold Move to End Chronic Homelessness
    July 16, 2014 | Pine Street Inn recently tipped the scales. More men and women now live in Pine Street housing than stay in our shelters each night, an important shift that is improving lives and moving us closer to the goal of ending homelessness.

  • Edible Notes - Boston HandyWorks
    July 14, 2014 | Edible Boston | This summer, serve your grilled meats or local cheeses on a beautiful, handcrafted wooden cutting board from Boston HandyWorks.

  • Pine Street Inn Names President and CEO of BJ’s Wholesale Club Laura J. Sen as New Board Chair
    July 10, 2014 | South End News | Pine Street Inn welcomes Laura J. Sen, President and Chief Executive Officer of BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. as the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

  • Norton resident Downie receives honorary degree
    June 26, 2014 | Norton TAB | Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie of Norton received an honorary doctor of humanities degree from New England Law | Boston.

  • Letter to the Editor: Homeless Court serves justice
    March 29, 2014 | Boston Globe | Homeless Court, one of the specialty courts mentioned in Leon Neyfakh’s “The rise of custom justice” (Ideas, March 23), is held monthly at Pine Street Inn.

  • Why Some Bostonians Refuse Shelter In The Dead Of Winter
    February 19, 2014 | WBUR | Follow Pine Street Inn's outreach van on a cold winter night in Boston for a glimpse of the challenges of living on the streets.

  • Boston’s Homeless Shelters Fill To Capacity As People Flee Frigid Cold
    January 24, 2014 | WBUR | It’s cold out there, and no one feels it more than the homeless. Homeless shelters in Boston are reporting that they’re filled to capacity as people try to escape the single-digit temperatures.

  • Walsh’s last visits as mayor-elect highlight city’s diverse challenges
    January 5, 2014 | Boston Globe | Marty Walsh tales part in four-day pre-inaugural tour, visiting organizations across the city, including Pine Street Inn.

  • Cold causes burst pipes, fires in Mass.
    January 4, 2014 | Boston Globe | The bitter cold prompted deep concerns about the homeless and their vulnerability outdoors to hypothermia and frostbite. Boston’s Pine Street Inn has overflowed with homeless Thursday and Friday nights, with up to 64 people sleeping on cots in overflow areas of the shelter.

  • On Christmas Eve, homeless gather at Pine Street Inn
    December 25, 2013 | Boston Globe | It was a packed dining room at Pine Street Inn on Tuesday for the annual Christmas Eve luncheon, one of the shelter’s signature events that fed close to 1,000 men and women on a chilly winter day.

  • Bringing Classical Music To Those Who Rarely Hear It: The Homeless
    December 24, 2013 | WBUR | The musicians are from Shelter Music Boston, which formed in 2010 to bring live classical music to the homeless. Since then, the nonprofit group has performed 130 concerts at several Boston shelters, including the Pine Street Inn.

  • Boston Mayor-elect Walsh, Cardinal O'Malley serve lunch to homeless
    December 24, 2013 | NECN | Homeless men and women in Boston were served up a special Christmas Eve luncheon Tuesday.

  • Pine Street Inn Serves Christmas Eve Luncheon To The Homeless
    December 24, 2013 | WBZ | Pine Street Inn marked Christmas Tuesday with a special Christmas Eve luncheon.

  • Cutting boards created by artisans
    December 17, 2013 | Boston Globe | These Jamaica Plain artisans are not making furniture. Rather, they are learning carpentry by crafting cutting boards.

  • Walsh, Menino confront Boston need as they serve holiday meals
    November 29, 2013 | Boston Herald | Mayor Menino helped carve roast turkeys for the 1,500 meals 200 volunteers were prepared to serve throughout the holiday.

  • Thanksgiving Day Photos
    November 29, 2013 | Boston Globe | Nov. 22, 1984: A visitor to the Pine Street Inn paused for a moment to say grace before eating his meal.

  • Menino makes final Thanksgiving visit to Pine St Inn as mayor
    November 28, 2013 | NECN | Mayor Menino serves up final Thanksgiving meal at Pine Street Inn as mayor.

  • Menino spends Thanksgiving volunteering
    November 28, 2013 | 7 News | Mayor Thomas Menino is nearing the end of his tenure at the helm of the City of Boston, but he says it won’t be the end of his tradition of helping at Pine Street Inn.

  • Voter registration drive targets homeless
    October 10, 2013 | Boston Globe | At a Wednesday afternoon voter registration drive at the Pine Street Inn, Lyndia Downie, the shelter’s executive director, said voting has a symbolic as well as practical value for the shelter’s residents. "Getting ready to vote means they’re thinking about being part of a community again.”

  • Home Plate
    October 4, 2013 | Suffolk Magazine | By catering to some of Boston’s corporate bigwigs, Roger Wellington is supporting the city’s largest homeless shelter.

  • Boston Plan Seeks To Reduce Homelessness
    September 20, 2013 | WBUR | The city of Boston on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive action plan to address the problem of homelessness. By providing supportive housing to deal with people with complex behavioral health and social service needs, Pine Street Inn has been able to cut its persistent homeless population by 30 percent over the past six years. The city’s new goal is a 50 percent reduction by 2016.

  • Work to start on long-delayed homeless housing
    June 21, 2013 | Boston Globe | Construction is expected to start later this year on a long-delayed project to convert a vacant Jamaica Plain building into a respite care and housing facility for medically vulnerable and disabled homeless people.

  • Antiguos homeless se graduaron en Boston
    June 14, 2013 | El Planeta | Spanish-language coverage of Pine Street's Job Training Graduation.

  • Pine Street graduates march toward jobs
    June 13, 2013 | Boston Globe | Family, friends, city officials, and alumni from Pine Street's job training programs packed beneath a tent at the Pine Street Inn courtyard Wednesday morning to celebrate the graduates’ accomplishments.

  • In Boston, Man's Best Friend Transforms Lives Of Chronically Homeless
    June 6, 2013 | Forbes | The long-term homeless and abandoned dogs have unique and complex needs, but in one innovative home in Boston, they have found a way to help each other.

  • Job-training program helps homeless find work
    April 10, 2013 | Boston Globe | In 2012, Pine Street's employment services helped 250 people find jobs, almost half of those looking for work through the organization — at an average wage of $11.56 an hour.

  • Red flag raised over homeless
    March 6, 2013 | Boston Globe | Boston saw a small increase last year in the number of people living on city streets, in emergency shelters, and in substance abuse and mental health facilities, according to data ­released Monday from the city’s annual homeless census. The census, conducted the night of Dec. 12, 2012, found a total of 6,992 homeless men, women, and children, up from 6,647 one year earlier, for a 5.2 percent increase.

  • Gelzinis: Our Father Sean Warms Hearts
    February 20, 2013 | Boston Herald | Like the rest of us, Lyndia Downie is in the dark about how a pope gets to be pope. But as president and executive director of the Pine Street Inn, she can speak about the character of the Franciscan she knows as “Father Sean.”

  • Foxborough's 99 Restaurant Helps Feed Over 400 Homeless Men and Women in Boston
    February 18, 2013 | Foxborough Patch | Employees from The Ninety Nine Restaurant in Foxborough reached out to those in need in February by preparing and serving dinner to more than 400 homeless men and women at Pine Street Inn in Boston.

  • As Seen Around Boston
    February 17, 2013 | Boston Globe Magazine | Governor Deval Patrick and John Dahill, 14, from Hull make pies for supper at the Pine Street Inn in Boston on January 26

  • Patriots honor Brookline's Michael Ferullo
    February 4, 2013 | Brookline Tab | Michael Ferullo of Brookline was recently selected as a Patriots “Difference Maker of the Week,” recognizing his commitment to Pine Street Inn. The Difference Maker award focuses on volunteerism, with the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation honoring Myra Kraft’s lifetime commitment to philanthropy and charitable service.

  • Students Help Out in Boston
    January 30, 2013 | Boston Herald | Hundreds of eighth-graders representing every city and town in the Bay State came together in Boston yesterday to celebrate youth leadership and service. At the Pine Street Inn, about 50 kids made apple pies, put together toiletry bags and made birthday cards for the shelter’s guests.

  • Despite Warnings, Runners Head Outdoors
    January 23, 2013 | WBZ-TV | Nelson Bennett and his team loaded a van at Pine Street Inn on Harrison Avenue. The nighttime outreach team hit the streets earlier than normal to try and encourage the homeless to come inside.

  • Keeping Boston's Homeless Out of the Cold
    January 23, 2013 | NECN | With extreme cold comes pressing concerns about the welfare of Boston's most vulnerable: the homeless.All four Pine Street shelters are open 24/7, there are extended hours in place for their vans to drive around and to pick people up, and no one will be turned away.

  • Pine St. Inn helping hundreds during holidays
    December 19, 2012 | WCVB-TV | While Pine Street Inn is well known for a warm meal and emergency shelter, now job training is a large part of its mission. Any support is very much appreciated.

  • Thank You, Mr. Mayor!
    November 22, 2012 | Boston Herald | Barbara Trevisan, Pine Street Inn: “Oh, we’ll definitely miss Mayor Menino on Thanksgiving. He’s always been a very good friend to and supporter of Pine Street. He’s here every Thanksgiving. He brings his grandson, and carves a turkey and visits with our guests."

  • Volunteers Serve 1,500 Thanksgiving Dinners at Inn
    November 22, 2012 | 7 News | Volunteers at The Pine Street Inn woke up at 3 a.m. to prepare Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of people. They served more than 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners Thursday.

  • Pine Street Inn Serves Up Thanksgiving Dinner For 1500
    November 22, 2012 | WBZ | Volunteers at the Pine Street Inn served up turkey and all the fixings to the homeless. Senator Scott Brown and Celebrity Chef Andy Husbands were among those helping out.

  • True Spirit of Thanksgiving on Display at Pine Street Inn
    November 22, 2012 | NECN | Hundreds of people volunteered to give 1,500 meals to the homeless at the Boston shelter.

  • Pine Street Inn Serves Thanksgiving To Boston's Needy
    November 22, 2012 | WBUR | Many shelters and soup kitchens in the Greater Boston area will be busy Thursday as they serve up some comfort for those in need with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. Few places will be busier than the Pine Street Inn in Boston.

  • Shelters Ready to Provide Holiday Dinners to Homeless
    November 22, 2012 | Boston Globe | In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, numerous organizations around Boston will be providing meals on Thanksgiving to the needy. “Every year it gets bigger and bigger,” said Barbara Trevisan, spokeswoman for the Pine Street Inn in the South End, which is providing 1,500 meals to tenants in their shelters and the homeless on the streets."

  • Greg's List: Giving Thanks
    November 21, 2012 | NECN | Greg Wayland's visit to Boston's Pine Street Inn gave him hope for everyone finding their way home.

  • Lucky to Have a Home to Call Her Own
    November 20, 2012 | Boston Herald | "Last year, Barbara B. spent Thanksgiving at Pine Street Inn, eating turkey in a huge room with hundreds of other homeless men and women. This Thanksgiving, she’ll go back there only briefly to tell volunteers about her great good luck. She has a home now, at Pine Street’s Mulhern House in Jamaica Plain."

  • Send Pine Street Holiday Cards
    October 25, 2012 | South End News | Pine Street Inn’s holiday cards, with five original designs, are now available online at

  • Voter registration forum held at Pine Street Inn
    October 18, 2012 | South End News | Close to 100 men and women attended a voter registration forum at Pine Street Inn, where they heard from several elected officials.

  • Send Pine Street Holiday Cards, Help End Homelessness
    October 18, 2012 | South End Patch | Pine Street Inn’s holiday cards, with five original designs, are now available online at

  • Pine Street Inn residents want voices heard in election
    October 12, 2012 | Boston Globe | More than 70 homeless men and women registered to vote during as Voter Forum at Pine Street Inn.

  • 30 Issues: Job Retraining
    October 1, 2012 | WGBH | Executive Director Lyndia Downie discusses Pine Street's job training programs with WGBH's Callie Crossley.

  • Pine Street Opens Veterans’ Services Office
    August 16, 2012 | Bay State Banner | Pine Street Inn has relocated its Veterans’ Services Office in Roxbury.

  • Boston's Homeless Court helps defendants get a fresh start
    August 12, 2012 | Boston Globe | Homeless Court program aims to serve the unique needs of Boston's homeless defendants

  • 20 from Navy/Marines help out at Pine Street Inn
    July 2, 2012 | Boston Globe | Navy and Marine service members volunteer at Pine Street Inn during Navy Week.

  • Pine Street Graduation
    June 22, 2012 | South End News | View photos from Pine Street's Job Training Graduation on pages 1 & 7.

  • Bruin Andrew Ference at Pine Street breakfast
    May 11, 2012 | Boston Globe | Bruins do-gooder defenseman Andrew Ference was among the 600 guests at Thursday's fund-raising breakfast for the Pine Street Inn.

  • Tracked Down: Andrew Ference, Tom Menino, Dennis Lehane and more...
    May 11, 2012 | Boston Herald | Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference, Mayor Tom Menino and wife Angela; former first lady of the commonwealth Kitty Dukakis; Boston Redevelopment Authority ace Peter Meade; WGBH Radio's Callie Crossley; and BJ's Wholesale Club cheese Laura Sen attending the Pine Street Inn's Home Remedy Breakfast at the Marriott Copley Place ...

  • Red Sox to Honor Pine Street Inn on Saturday March 31 as Part of '100 Acts of Kindness' Campaign
    March 31, 2012 | NESN | Red Sox volunteer at Pine Street Inn as part of the "100 Acts of Kindness" campaign.

  • Homeless groups merge, won't change services
    February 17, 2012 | Jamaica Plain Gazette | No program or service cuts are expected in a Pine Street Inn and hopeFound merger that was announced at the end of January.

  • 5.4 million US workers call it quits
    February 8, 2012 | Boston Globe | Boston Globe article on the struggles of the "hidden unemployed", featuring a Pine Street guest.

  • Pine Street Inn, hopeFound merging to serve homeless
    January 30, 2012 | Boston Globe | Two nonprofit agencies with a combined 70 years experience aiding Boston's homeless will soon merge, uniting their similar, but complementary services, in an effort to simplify the process for finding their clients permanent housing.

  • Pine Street Inn, hopeFound To Merge To Fight Homelessness
    January 30, 2012 | WBUR | Two of Boston's most respected agencies in the fight against homelessness are joining forces. The boards of both the Pine Street Inn and hopeFound have voted to approve the merger of the two organizations.

  • Boston Globe features iCater
    January 25, 2012 | Boston Globe | Article about Pine Street's corporate catering business.

  • The Tradition of Giving Lives On
    December 24, 2011 | NECN | Cardinal Sean O'Malley and Bruins player Andrew Ference visit Pine Street Inn on Christmas Eve.

  • Hungry To Help? Fill a Need this Season
    December 14, 2011 | Boston Herald | Article about what items and donations Pine Street and other local agencies need this holiday season.

  • Game Changer: Lovin' Spoonfuls
    December 12, 2011 | Chronicle HD | Feature story about the food rescue organization Lovin' Spoonfuls and its collaboration with Pine Street Inn.

  • Hundreds of Volunteers Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner at Pine Street Inn
    November 24, 2011 | WBZ Radio | More than 200 volunteers helped serve 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners.

  • Family Tradition Brings Smiles to the Homeless
    November 23, 2011 | Boston Herald | A local family has volunteered at Pine Street on Thanksgiving for 20 years.

  • Vets get welcome new home from Pine Street Inn
    November 15, 2011 | Boston Herald | Pine Street celebrates the opening of a house for homeless veterans

  • 28 formerly homeless people settle in Mulhern House
    November 1, 2011 | Boston Globe | Pine Street's Mulhern House provides permanent homes Jamaica Plain.

  • Brookline's Farley Sullivan leads Knit-a-thon for Pine Street Inn
    October 30, 2011 | Brookline Tab | An unlikely friendship inspires the founder of the Knit-a-thon. The fifth annual Knit-a-thon is Sunday, November 6 at the Massachusetts State House.

  • Pine Street Inn dedicates new building on Upton St.
    October 21, 2011 | | Pine Street celebrates the opening of Upton Street

  • Officials, Supporters Celebrate Upton Street Project
    October 20, 2011 | South End Patch | Pine Street celebrates the opening of Upton Street

  • Pine Street Inn Selling Holiday Cards
    October 20, 2011 | South End Patch | Pine Street holiday cards are now for sale.

  • Pine Street Inn Artists Participate in Open Studios
    September 16, 2011 | South End Patch | Pieces from Pine Street's Art Program will be on display during South End Open Studios

  • Shelter seeks to shield homeless from Irene
    August 26, 2011 | Boston Globe | Pine Street prepares for Hurricane Irene.

  • Pine Street Inn, hopeFound Push For Merger
    August 5, 2011 | WBUR | Pine Street Inn and hopeFound announce a possible merger aimed at improving programs and services for the city's homeless population.

  • Homeless Man's Best Friend
    June 21, 2011 | South End Patch | Pine Street's Stapleton House makes strides with chronically homeless men by pairing them with displaced dogs.

  • Taking a Step Toward Success
    June 15, 2011 | South End News | Article about the 2011 Job Training Graduation & Celebration of Housing.

  • Pine Street Inn Graduates Rejoice
    June 9, 2011 | Boston Herald | Story and video about Pine Street's Job Training Graduation & Celebration of Housing.

  • Making a Difference: The Good Men Project
    June 9, 2011 | Fox 25 Morning News | Lyndia Downie and Peter, a graduate of Pine Street's Building Maintenance Training Program, are interviewed on Fox 25 with the founder of The Good Men Project.

  • Pine Street President Recognized for "Innovative" Leadership
    May 26, 2011 | South End Patch | Lyndia Downie named to Boston Globe "Most Innovative" list.

  • Shelter's Not Enough
    May 22, 2011 | Boston Globe | Lyndia Downie was recognized by The Boston Globe's "Globe 100" as one of the state's 30 most innovative leaders.

  • Glynn honored by Pine Street
    April 27, 2011 | | Photo from the 2011 Home Remedy breakfast, which honored Board Member Tom Glynn for his commitment to ending homelessness.

  • Pine Street Inn on the TODAY Show
    February 17, 2011 | TODAY - NBC | Watch this TODAY Show (NBC) segment on Pine Street Inn's innovative program that highlights a special bond formed between formerly homeless men and dogs.

  • Pine Street Inn's Chef Frank Runs a Welcoming Kitchen
    January 14, 2011 | South End Patch | Former restaurant chef cooks for thousands in need.

  • From a shelter to a place called home
    January 10, 2011 | | At first glance, the fourth floor of Pine Street Inn's Women's Inn looks like a college dorm, with its fluorescent lights, mini refrigerators, and a chore schedule tacked to the wall.

  • Advocates aid homeless on snowy streets
    December 26, 2010 | | As snow pelted the pavement last night, two Pine Street Inn outreach workers pulled up behind a South Boston warehouse and called out a familiar name.

  • Cardinal brings 'message of hope' to homeless
    December 25, 2010 | Boston Herald | Homeless and separated from his family on Christmas, Robert Maperi found comfort yesterday in a blessing from Cardinal Sean P. O?Malley during the archbishop's annual holiday Pine Street Inn visit.

  • Cold weather heightens worries about the homeless
    December 15, 2010 | | For the staff at the Pine Street Inn, the bitter cold that has gripped Boston over the past 24 hours has served as a preview of the winter yet to come.

  • Homelessness on the Decline in Boston
    September 29, 2010 | WBUR | It seems counter-intuitive, with foreclosures still climbing and unemployment still high, that homeless shelters aren?t bursting. But in fact, The Pine Street Inn is quietly closing shelters, according to Lyndia Downie, the president of the Inn.

  • Graduating to 'a fresh start and a new life'
    July 11, 2010 | Boston Herald | NOTE: Includes Audio Slideshow. | Eric Brown had truly hit rock bottom. But just days before Christmas, Brown was moved to clean up his life by joining the Pine Street Inn's Building Maintenance Training Program.

  • Job trainees graduate, hopeful pain is in the past
    June 25, 2010 | Boston Globe | Yesterday marked the 10th annual graduation ceremony for Pine Street Inn's job programs, which train unemployed, mostly homeless, individuals for careers in building maintenance, food preparation, and cafeteria operations.

  • New chapter begins
    June 25, 2010 | Boston Herald | [Includes Slideshow] Standing tall and proud, dozens of Pine Street Inn job training graduates got their diplomas yesterday in an emotional ceremony that signaled a new start for men and women who overcame adversity with hard work.

  • Partnered in the struggle for a place to call home
    January 19, 2010 | Boston Globe | Anya was neglected, and finally abandoned. Most of the two years of her life was spent locked in a garage. When humans approached, the large, gentle Leonberger-golden retriever mix cowered in fear.

  • Another frigid day across New England
    December 30, 2009 | NECN | When the cold weather hits, many New Englanders just bundle up and bear it? "Clearly for homeless people this weather is a matter of life and death, " said Pine Street Inn President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie.

  • Why I give: Tim and Jackie Walsh
    December 25, 2009 | Boston Business Journal | For Tim and Jackie Walsh, philanthropy is a couple's thing, their team effort bringing them inside the Pine Street Inn as donors and volunteers.

  • O'Malley brings holiday spirit to shelter
    December 25, 2009 | Boston Globe | Bill Robichaud, a former priest, used to have a job and a home. Then, three years ago, Robichaud said, he lost both. More recently, he had spinal surgery. Now he has a space at the Pine Street Inn. Yesterday, Cardinal Sean P. O?Malley paid him a visit and blessed him, with a wish for good health and a good future.

  • Bruins Star Spreads Holiday Cheer
    December 24, 2009 | WCVB-5 | A Bruins star spreads some holiday cheer at the Pine Street Inn.

  • VIDEO: Boston officials begin annual homeless census
    December 15, 2009 | NECN | Dozens of volunteers hit the street of Boston tonight for the city's annual homeless census. The results enable to city to better assess the needs of the homeless.

  • VIDEO: For Celtics' Davis, volunteering hits close to home
    November 30, 2009 | NECN | Hundreds of volunteers celebrated the holiday by giving back. The Celtics' Glen Davis helped serve meals to homeless men and women at the Pine Street Inn.

  • Budget Cuts Will Take Toll On Homeless Shelters
    October 30, 2009 | WBZ-TV | A shelter already overflowing with need, will soon have even less to offer. The Pine Street Inn is taking a big hit thanks to the State's budget cuts. By their estimate, they are losing $1.7 million or 12 percent of their remaining budget this year.

  • Proposed budget cuts to hit homeless
    October 29, 2009 | NECN | There is a very human element to the state budget shortfall. Where do people who rely on state agencies turn to survive go if there are program eliminations in an effort to close the $600 budget gap. The Pine Street Inn is a shelter of last resort for 10,000 men and women every year. But the Massachusetts shelter will be forced to make adjustments in the face of the governor's proposed budget cuts.

  • LETTER: Housing answer
    October 13, 2009 | Boston Globe | NO ONE in Massachusetts should have to live outside because he or she can?t find housing... Almost 90 percent of the people placed in Pine Street Inn's Housing First units are still housed. We know what works but we need more of it.

  • Knitting to end homelessness
    October 13, 2009 | South End News | The South End Knitters-the group behind the neighborhood's colorful, guerrilla-style knitted "tags"-is creating blanket squares to support permanent housing for Boston's homeless as part of the Pine Street Inn's Knit-a-Thon fundraiser.

  • Former police officer finds himself homeless
    September 12, 2009 | Boston Globe | Once Christopher Rogers worked security details at the Pine Street Inn, watching over the homeless men who shuffled in and out of the shelter. Now he sleeps there, in a room with 17 other people.

  • For these grads, pride is a job skill
    June 24, 2009 | Boston Globe | Like most graduating students, Joyce Lawrence has lofty goals. She wants to pursue a career in culinary arts and hopes one day to open her own bakery. But Lawrence isn?t like most graduates. She is 50 and homeless.

  • Taking the next step
    June 24, 2009 | Boston Herald | The Pine Street Inn honored graduates from its 2009 Job Training and Readiness program yesterday, handing out diplomas at a ceremony in Boston.

  • Pine Street Inn graduates embrace change
    June 23, 2009 | Emerson College JSONS | Nearly 150 proud diplomates at Pine Street Inn's 2009 commencement ceremony took to stage to receive their diplomas Tuesday, partaking in the traditional pomp and circumstance, despite the rain, and the non-traditional road that many overcame to get there.

  • The Pine Street Inn
    May 6, 2009 | WBZ-TV | With homelessness reaching epidemic levels, find out how Pine Street Inn is on the front lines to help Boston men and women find shelter... hopefully even a permanent home.

  • In the midst of winter, a scent of spring
    February 14, 2009 | Boston Globe | Carol Banville enjoyed the scent of a rose during a special Valentine's Day tea at the Women's Inn at Pine Street in Boston today, where more than 60 guests were treated to tea, cookies, cupcakes, roses, assorted finger sandwiches, and singing by a Wellesley College a capella group.

  • Cold grips Northeast
    January 17, 2009 | The Associated Press | The bitter cold kept its grip on the Northeast on Saturday... In Boston, the Pine Street Inn shelter sent out vans to look for the homeless during the day, rather than just at night. The shelter also expanded its hours and is serving an extra meal.

  • State proposes reorganization of agencies to aid homeless faster
    January 8, 2009 | Boston Globe | Confronted with a growing number of homeless families across Massachusetts, state officials have proposed a reorganization of state agencies that will help find homes faster... Lyndia Downie, president of Pine Street Inn, said the state's announcement shows that the Housing First initiative is working.

  • Brutal cold complicates jobs of firefighters, shelters, police
    January 2, 2009 | Boston Globe | ...Finding shelter from Wednesday's snowstorm and subsequent cold were the homeless who headed indoors. Lyndia Downie, president of Pine Street Inn, said 42 people slept on the floor Wednesday night, after staff took 86 others to nearby shelters, where they filled every available bed.

  • At Pine Street Inn, holiday spirit serves many
    November 28, 2008 | Boston Globe | This week, more than 250 volunteers helped prepare 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners for people at four Pine Street Inn sites, on the streets, and at 10 other nonprofits, which are served by Pine Street Inn's social enterprise venture, Abundant Table.

  • In hard times, some find a reason to give back
    November 28, 2008 | Boston Herald | What's it like to be homeless on Thanksgiving Day? As she sat in the lounge yesterday at the Pine Street Inn, Boston's largest shelter for the homeless, Sydney Shiner-Spagone began to cry at the thought of it.