Boston’s Homeless Get A New Shelter
By Martha Connolly, 6/25/2015
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is starting to fulfill his promise to take care of the city’s homeless residents.
Today he opened a new shelter at 112 Southampton Street. This comes months after the bridge to the city’s largest homeless shelter was closed, shutting down access to Long Island in the Boston Harbor.
The former transportation building shelter has 400 overnight beds, and soon will have a kitchen, clinic space, and be home to Project SOAR and Safe Harbor, two of Boston’s transitional housing programs.
Walsh has praised the facility, saying “This is not just a shelter – but a front door to counseling, support and permanent housing…..Together, we can make Boston a city where no one is left behind- no matter your income, your past, your struggles.”
Other temporary shelters have been closed at the South End Fitness Center, Boston Rescue Mission and Boston’s Health Care for the Homeless.
Mayor Walsh and his Task Force on Individual Homelessness have been working since November on An Action Plan to End Chronic and Veteran Homelessness. The plan focuses on using Front Door Triage, Coordinated Access, Rapid Rehousing, and Permanent Supportive Housing as a part of redesigning Boston’s homelessness response system. Technology will be used with online databases and information sharing.
Walsh hopes the plan will end Veteran homelessness this year, and see the end of chronic homelessness by 2018.