Pine Street establishes 'bridge' to housing in response to Coronavirus

Announcement: Pine Street establishes 'bridge’ to housing in response to Coronavirus

In order to ensure the continued health and safety of our guests, Pine Street will move 180 residents out of temporary housing at a Suffolk University dormitory and into a building at 891 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, to conform with the CDC’s social distance recommendations.

In March, Pine Street worked with the Boston Public Health Commission and City of Boston to move a number of men and women from its main shelter buildings into temporary housing at a Suffolk University dorm to reduce congestion and increase social distancing. Pine Street will lease space at 891 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, as a “bridge” to permanent housing, beginning July 2020. Each of the building’s 90 rooms will house two guests, primarily frail and vulnerable men and women with underlying medical conditions.

Depopulating shelters along with other measures, including masks and handwashing, have made an overwhelming difference as we have tested guests over the past few months, going from a 36% COVID-positive rate early on, to a current rate of 2%.

As part of the move, Pine Street will provide specially trained housing placement teams, also located at the space, to work with each individual to develop a housing plan and work towards a permanent housing placement, aiming to house all residents within 12 months. In addition, Pine Street will provide around-the-clock staffing and security at the new location.