Congratulations to Lyndia Downie, President of the Pine Street Inn, on being named one of the 30 most innovative people in Massachusetts by the Boston Globe. A 30-year employee of the shelter, Ms. Downie has been at the helm since 2000.
According to the article, “Downie and her staff began reducing the number of emergency beds in favor of providing the shelter’s most vulnerable clients with long-term housing and support. Today, about half of Pine Street’s beds are in permanent housing. That initiative has helped contribute to a roughly 30 percent drop in Boston’s homeless population in the last five years.”