A few years ago, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh set an ambitious goal: to end chronic homelessness in the city. Walsh, other city leaders and advocates - who are teaming up on the initiative - are discovering it's harder than they anticipated.
WBUR CitySpace, in partnership with Pine Street Inn, will take you on a deep dive into the issue of chronic homelessness. We'll look at the progress that's been made, the biggest barriers the city is facing and why homelessness is bad for all of us. Reporter Lynn Jolicoeur will moderate this discussion with Mayor Walsh; Laila Bernstein, Advisor to the Mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness; and Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director of Pine Street Inn.
The event will also feature a performance by Shelter Music Boston (a group of professional classical musicians that brings music to homeless shelters), live storytelling from someone who’s been chronically homeless, oral history videos of Pine Street Inn’s 50-year history and a photo gallery of men and women who have been homeless.
A reception featuring food from iCater, Pine Street’s social enterprise, will kick off the evening.