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April eNews: housing is the solution to homelessness
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Troy in his new apartment

Housing is the Solution to Homelessness
Story of Hope: Troy

"I used to work in public service, but got in my own way nine years ago, when I engaged in self-defeating behaviors. I was on my way back up but I couldn't afford rent like when I used to have two jobs. 

I began waking up in a doorway in downtown Boston. Every day, someone from the building would wake me up at four or five in the morning and say, 'How are you doing, Troy?’ The turning point was when an outreach worker from Pine Street saw I had been working on getting housing while in shelter and on the streets. He said, 'Wow, you've been homeless 10 years' and that’s how the conversation began. 

Pine Street outreach staff are the kinds of people that don't come around often in life. On the street, we call this particular worker "Michael Jordan" because of his passion and dedication to helping us become housed - it’s out of this world. The impact that he has on a community of homeless people is outstanding. 

I’ve been in my place since December. I feel like the coolest person in the City of Boston because I can see the Boston Harbor out my window. Things become simplified when you have a stable home and space to better take care of yourself. I’m very blessed and fortunate, thanks to Pine Street Inn."


Join us for Virtual Home Remedy May 6, 2021

Home Remedy Features CNN's John King

Pine Street Inn's annual Home Remedy event will take place virtually on Thursday, May 6, 9-10 AM. Presented by Bank of America, this year’s event will feature special guest John King of CNN, in conversation with Callie Crossley of GBH/89.7 FM radio, about our work to end homelessness. 

Thank you to our Silver sponsors Advent International, The Bancel Foundation, Bob's Discount Furniture, Ted and Maureen English, Chris and Laura Mansfield, Natixis Investment Managers and Yawkey Foundation.

Complimentary Registration for May 6, 9-10 AM >

Lyndia Downie

Boston College, Framingham State Recognize Lyndia Downie 

This spring, both Boston College and Framingham State University will honor Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie for her extraordinary leadership, impactful work and dedicated service at their annual commencement ceremonies. Lyndia will deliver the commencement address at Framingham State University on May 23, and Boston College (BC) will award her an honorary degree on May 24. 

The BC honor continues a long and deep connection between Boston College and Pine Street Inn, starting with our founder Paul Sullivan, who was a BC grad. The PULSE service program, founded 50 years ago, has placed students at Pine Street from the start, and numerous BC grads have worked to advance our mission through service on our board and staff. 


Portrait of Humanity: Bension

Portrait of Humanity Bension

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. Visit our photo gallery to see more Portraits of Humanity > 
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