The local nonprofit's $50 million campaign aims to expand permanent housing for those who have experienced homelessness.
A lot has changed since the Pine Street Inn first opened 50 years ago. When it began in 1969, the old Chinatown outpost served up a hot meal and a bed to some 200 men experiencing homelessness each night. Today, volunteers provide meals to nearly 2,000 people each day, and the organization is known as New England’s largest homeless services provider.
And they intend to keep growing. In honor of its 50th anniversary, Pine Street Inn has announced a fitting $50 million campaign to maintain and expand its permanent housing efforts. Prior to the September 26 anniversary celebration, Pine Street had already raised $36 million toward their most ambitious fundraising effort to date. They may have begun as an emergency shelter, but the organization’s goal is to bring those living on the streets and in temporary lodgings into stable housing communities. With about 800 housing units across 40 sites in Boston and Brookline currently under their care, the nonprofit plans to reach 1,000 total permanent housing units as part of its already-underway Key Moments Campaign.