With Boston ranked as one of the most expensive rental markets in the country, finding an affordable place to live can be challenging for anyone, especially those on limited incomes. Continuing its efforts to provide more affordable housing in and around Boston for homeless, very low-income men and women -- many of whom have jobs but cannot afford market rents -- Pine Street opened Kuehn House, 12 units of housing on Wales Street in Dorchester. Each unit is fully furnished – down to kitchen utensils and toothpaste – and has a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
“Along with having a permanent roof over their heads, these tenants will also have the support of staff who will help them remain housed – connecting residents with life skills, healthcare, mental health resources, job training and volunteering – all helping them become part of the community again,” said Lyndia Downie, President of Pine Street Inn.
“I didn’t believe this place was really mine until I saw my name on the mailbox,” said Lakiya, 25, who had been homeless for seven years. “Now I can come and go as I please, go to work – or just stay in – all the simple things I couldn’t do when I was homeless. For the first time in so many years, I have a life!” she added.
The residence is named for the late Robert H. Kuehn, Jr., developer and champion of affordable housing. The residence was developed as a public-private partnership, with support from private funders as well as the City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development and the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.
With this opening, Pine Street now owns or operates 41 residences in Greater Boston, housing nearly 1,000 once homeless men and women.