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WBUR CitySpace 890 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA 02215Open in Google Maps
A few years ago, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh set an ambitious goal: to end chronic and veteran homelessness in the city. Walsh, other city leaders and advocates - who are teaming up on the initiative - are discovering it's harder than they anticipated. Still, they've helped more than 1600 adults get into permanent housing with support services.
WBUR CitySpace, in partnership with Pine Street Inn, looked at the progress that's been made, the biggest barriers the city is facing and why homelessness is bad for all of us. Reporter Lynn Jolicoeur moderatde this discussion with Mayor Walsh; Laila Bernstein, Advisor to the Mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness; Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director of Pine Street Inn; Cecilia Otang, Outreach Case Manager for Hearth; and Eric Lepovetsky, who recently obtained an apartment after years of homelessness.
The event also featured a performance by Shelter Music Boston (a group of professional classical musicians that brings music to homeless shelters), live storytelling, oral history videos of Pine Street Inn’s 50-year history and a photo gallery of men and women who have been homeless, by Charlie Abrahams Photography.