The Pine Street Inn Announces Plan to Expand Permanent Housing for Homeless in Boston
The Pine Street Inn,
a Council member, has announced a proposal to build a facility with 225 units
of supportive and affordable housing in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of
Boston. When complete, this will be Boston’s largest complex of permanent
supportive housing for homeless people.
The current plan envisions a complex that includes 140
studio apartments for people who have been homeless, 85 units of
low-to-moderate-income rental housing, and office space for the Pine Street Inn
and other groups. The Pine Street Inn currently operates more than 850 units of
permanent supportive housing around Boston and Brookline, but this new project
would be its biggest site. Long-term housing has become a larger focus of the
organization in recent years, and once placed, 91 percent of residents remain.
Lyndia Downie, Executive Director of the Pine Street Inn,
said, “We’ve been really trying to work to scale this up. . . We believe if we
can get people housed and support them that we can help those people stay
The NEC commends these efforts and the ongoing work of the
Pine Street Inn to address the issue of affordable housing and chronic
homelessness in Boston.