Pine Street Inn Bringing Housing to Jamaica Plain

One of the city’s most prominent homeless shelters is planning to bring 140 units of permanent supportive housing to Jamaica Plain.

Pine Street Inn, the region’s largest homeless services provider, announced it is working with a nonprofit housing organization to create 225 new units of housing at 3368 Washington Street and is planning to file a letter of intent on the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency.

If approved the housing project would replace warehouse and office space used by Pine Street Inn on the Washington Street parcel that it owns.

In a joint press release with developer The Community Builders, Pine Street Inn said all units built on the parcel would be income-restricted apartment homes with 140 of those units dedicated to supportive housing for men and women moving out of homelessness.

The project would convert approximately 18,000 square feet of ground floor office space into housing, community and amenities space for future residents.

A rendering of the project from RODE Architects shows a five to six-story building.

Pine Street Inn is calling this project “the most significant project of its kind in Boston to date.” Media outlets are calling the project the largest for permanent supportive housing for homeless people in the city.

“The number of units in this building will allow us to scale up our housing to a new level, bringing us close to 1,000 units of supportive housing throughout Boston and in Brookline,” Pine Street Inn President Lyndia Downie said in a statement. “With the average age of our tenants at 55, this will provide a safe, secure community as they grow older.”

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said in a statement that the project has the potential to help the city reach its goal of ending chronic homelessness. Sheila Dillon, the mayor’s housing chief and the director of the Department of Neighborhood Development, echoed Walsh’s sentiment in a social media post.

“Building additional supportive housing is an important component of ⁦[Walsh’s] plan to end homelessness. ⁦Pine Street Inn [and]⁩ ⁦TCB Communities⁩ [is] working closely with the neighborhood for input. Another good reason to be proud of Boston,” Dillon said in a Tweet.






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