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December eNews: advancing solutions to homelessness
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Story of Hope: Emmanuel

Story of Hope: Emmanuel

"My story, my situation is terrible. I had a bad accident at work and broke my shoulder. Without a paycheck, I lost my apartment. Now I have workers' compensation, but I pay child support for my daughter and son, and it’s expensive to live. That’s how I wound up here at the shelter. 

I’m very appreciative of the people at Pine Street Inn. I’m working toward my future. I’ve been at the Men’s Inn for about eight months, and the people here are wonderful and helpful. 

Being here during Covid-19 has been tough, but it is very safe here. We are all tested every two weeks. The positive rate is about 1%, which is really good. 

I’ve been working on getting everything I need for my housing search. I had lost my social security card so we had to get that, and it took a few weeks. And I now have another form of ID that I need. 

I have an appointment this week with a housing specialist and hope I’ll be approved for housing soon. That would be a great way to start the New Year!"

YW Building at 140 Clarendon St

140 Clarendon Street Project Will Provide Much-Needed Housing

The historic building currently owned by YW Boston will be renovated to include affordable housing, with more than 100 units of permanent housing for men and women moving out of homelessness, as well as space for educational and cultural uses. 

Pine Street will provide supportive services to residents in the units designated for those who have experienced homelessness, ensuring they can maintain housing stability.

Read the Boston Globe article > 

Joseph, MSW intern

Stabilization is Part of Housing Success 

Joseph is an MSW candidate at Boston College’s School of Social Work. He spoke about his field placement experience in Pine Street’s stabilization program, which is a unique blend of shelter services and structured outpatient treatment for substance use disorders. 

"It was a challenge and a privilege to support guests at this critical stage in their recoveries," Joseph shared. "The arrival of Covid-19 spurred our shift to telehealth services. As we work to end homelessness, how can we serve as many people as possible while also maintaining high standards of safety and care? It is a honor to be part of that effort in some small way."

Read more about Joseph's field placement experience > 


Portrait of Humanity: Thomas

Thomas Portrait of Humanity

Professional headshot photographer Charlie Abrahams volunteered his time over many sessions to create Portraits of Humanity, a series of striking portraits of our guests, paired with their quotes.
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