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Two of Boston's most respected agencies in the fight against homelessness are joining forces. The boards of both the Pine Street Inn and hopeFound have voted to approve the merger of the two organizations.

Back in August, the agency directors, Lyndia Downie of Pine Street Inn and Mary Nee of hopeFound, told us on Morning Edition they were considering the merger. They joined us again a couple of days ago to tell us that on Monday the merger becomes reality.

"For us we really see greater access to housing for our clients as one of the key advantages here," said Nee, who will work as a consultant during the transition, and then move on.

Added Downie, "We need some help getting people into jobs; well, hopeFound has a really terrific job placement program so we'll be able to connect the training and the placement without a gap for people."

The merged organization will be called Pine Street Inn.

This program aired on January 30, 2012.

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