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May eNews: housing is the solution to homelessness
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Lewis, a Pine Street Inn tenant

Housing is the Solution to Homelessness:
Lewis' Story

"I've always loved to cook, and when I turned 21, I joined the army where I worked as a food service specialist. 

After getting out of the military, I struggled with drugs and moved around, to Ohio, Virginia, Connecticut and Massachusetts figuring each time I moved I would get away from my addiction. But that didn't work, and I wound up in prison.

When I finished serving my time, I struggled with homelessness and came to Pine Street Inn, where I joined the iCater food service training program. You are paid to work, learn culinary skills and prepare for employment.

Now I'm the head chef at Qdoba Mexican Eats restaurant at Northeastern University. I've been there for two-and-a-half years, and am saving money to open my own restaurant - that's my goal, to have a place that draws in all kinds of people. 

I just moved into Pine Street's new housing on Seaver Street in Dorchester. I really like how my home is close to my job. I am so happy to have stable housing with support services - it keeps me pointed in the right direction.  

There might be someone experiencing homelessness, who feels the odds are against them, but I would say 'no', Pine Street is here. I appreciate everything that Pine Street has done for me. They saved my life, and I thank them every time I have a chance."

Lewis shared his story during our Home Remedy event earlier this month >


Dine for Pine and support local restaurants

Support Local Restaurants and Pine Street Inn 

Dine for Pine with a delicious meal (at a discount), while supporting local restaurants and Boston’s most vulnerable men and women. By making a gift to Pine Street Inn through you will receive a discount code to apply to your next order at any participating restaurant. 

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3368 Washington St, Jamaica Plain

New Housing Will Move Forward 

Pine Street's housing development at 3368 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain, in partnership with The Community Builders, will move forward after a lawsuit brought by a neighbor was recently settled. The project will create 202 units of housing, of which 140 will be for individuals experiencing homelessness, the largest to date in Boston. 

“This is literally a groundbreaking project for us,” Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie notes. “The people we’re targeting for this have been homeless the longest and have the hardest situations,” Downie said. 

Read the Boston Globe article >

Apartment at Hartford House

Memorial Day: Honoring the Fallen 

Veterans are more likely to experience homelessness than civilian counterparts. Pine Street Inn serves over 500 veterans each year through our veterans outreach on the streets, our shelter, and our veterans' residences, like Hartford Street, Dorchester (Hartford bedroom, pictured here). 

The Pine Street Inn community joins in recognizing all who have given their lives in service to our nation.  


Portrait of Humanity: Michael

Portrait of Humanity Michael

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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