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Boston Continues To Make Progress In Ending Chronic Homelessness, But There Are Barriers

WBUR—Oct. 5, 2016

The city of Boston is reporting good progress in its effort to end chronic homelessness by quickly matching people with housing and support services. But some barriers in the system remain.

Since July 2014, Boston has found permanent housing — with services tied to it — for 717 veterans who were homeless.

In January of this year, the city had 612 chronically homeless people in its emergency shelters. In the last eight months, it’s housed 172 of them.

“These are the longest-term homeless folks in the city of Boston,” said Laila Bernstein, adviser to the mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness. “And when we calculated how many years they had been homeless collectively, we had ended 906 years of homelessness by housing these 172 people. They were homeless, on average, five years or longer.”

Mayor Marty Walsh and his administration announced the Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness eight months after the October 2014 closing of the city homeless shelter and state-contracted detox and addiction treatment programs on Boston’s Long Island. The programs were shuttered abruptly when the mayor learned the bridge to the island had been deemed unsafe. […] Read Full Article




Poverty Drives Homeless Rates? Not So Fast

A homeless person slept on a bench in Copley Square.

Boston Globe—Aug. 24, 2016

Fill in the blank. When the economy collapses, the number of homeless Americans goes ___.

While you might expect the answer to be “up,” during the recession of 2007-2009 the number of homeless people in America dropped slightly.

Compare homelessness across states and you find another upside-down relationship. Rich states — not poor ones — have the largest homeless populations.

Why? It’s all about housing costs.  […] Read Full Article


People’s United Bank Donates $10,000 to Caritas Communities


People’s United Bank—June 14, 2016

People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts, the charitable arm of People’s United Bank (Massachusetts), joined recently with Caritas Communities to donate $10,000 to support their Founders First Five Fund.

Caritas Communities has been providing low income individuals with permanent housing, support, and community opportunities for over 30 years. Caritas Communities began with five homes, all triple-deckers in Boston and Quincy, and has grown to 30 properties that provide affordable housing to 895 people. Through this project called the Founders First Five Fund, Caritas is working to upgrade and repair the original five homes, which have never been fully renovated, even upon purchase in the 1980s.

“Caritas Communities is helping families obtain stable homes and futures,” said Patrick Sullivan, President of People’s United Bank said. “They have been doing incredible work for over 30 years and we are proud to support them continue giving families a second chance.”

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This Is the Salary Needed To Afford a Typical Apartment In Boston Real Estate—May 17, 2016

A few months ago a report showed just how much money Bostonians need to make to afford a median-price house in the city. Now, personal finance tech company SmartAsset has looked at how much city dwellers need to earn in order to afford the average two-bedroom rent in the largest U.S. cities, including Boston. In Boston, you can […] Read Full Article


Southie To Get 47 Affordable Housing Units For Seniors

Boston Herald—December 18, 2015

A new 47-unit affordable housing complex for senior citizens is set to rise on a vacant site in the Mary Ellen McCormack public housing development in South Boston.

The five-floor O’Connor Way will be a joint venture of the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corp. and Braintree’s Caritas Communities Inc. on a 15,174-square-foot site at 5 Major Michael J. O’Connor Way. Project costs are estimated at $15.6 million.

[Photo credit: Rendering Courtesy of Davis Square Architects]


Press Inquires

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Mark Winkeller
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office: 781.843.1242