The city of Boston has secured a first-time $2.4 million federal grant to share with the Pine Street Inn over the next three years as part of a cooperative agreement that will fund services for 270 chronically homeless individuals.
The money, a federal grant award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be distributed between the Boston Public Health Commission and the Pine Street Inn to be used in the city’s ongoing efforts to end “chronic and veteran homelessness,” Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced this week.
The funding will specifically be used for housing and to treat homeless individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Walsh described the arrangement as a “multifaceted support system” to provide individuals “with wraparound services necessary to get on their feet and stay on their feet.”
The mayor said the city has provided housing to more than 1,100 chronically homeless individuals and veterans since 2014, and the funds will help “put a roof over the heads of another 270 chronically homeless individuals.”
The grant will provide three years of support for the city’s partnership with the Pine Street Inn, called the Boston Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals. Working with the Boston Housing Authority, the partnership directs homeless individuals to services such as housing and case management, and the grant will help the city expand services.
Lyndia Downie, president and executive director of the Pine Street Inn, said in a statement that, “We know that working in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Housing Authority we will be able to provide critical support to those dealing with homelessness, mental illness, and addiction, helping them to rebuild their lives.”
The Pine Street Inn, which was founded downtown as an emergency shelter 50 years ago, now operates 41 housing locations throughout Greater Boston.
The grant was handed out under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Recovery Support Strategic Initiative, part of a $121 million effort nationwide to increase access to permanent housing for people with mental and substance use disorders.
“By bringing resources to organizations on the front lines of homelessness, we are giving communities the opportunity to change lives,” Kimberly Johnson, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, said in a statement.Milton J. Valencia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @miltonvalencia.