With the publication of the Action Plan to End Chronic and Veteran Homelessness last year, Mayor Walsh reinforced the City’s commitment to continue to care for the most vulnerable populations in our community. The Action Plan calls for a single, integrated homeless system, which will move homeless individuals from Boston's streets and shelters into permanent housing quickly.
As part of the Action Plan, through the Boston Homes for the Brave initiative, Boston has housed 605 homeless veterans since July 2014, and effectively put an end to chronic veterans’ homelessness in Boston. Because of its commitment to ongoing investment in housing and services, Boston has one of the lowest rates of urban, unsheltered street homelessness in the United States; however, as a regional hub for services, the need to continue assisting Boston's homeless has persisted. With the launch of the Action Plan, Mayor Walsh has made a commitment to end chronic individual homelessness by 2018.
To support the Mayor’s Action Plan, the FY17 budget includes an increase of $1.3 million in general funds and $2 million in federal funds to provide front door triage staff at Pine Street Inn, rapid rehousing rental assistance, additional emergency shelter to families, and low barrier permanent supportive housing for the homeless.
Other investments in housing include:
- Improving homeless shelter service and safety