Poverty is a leading contributor to homelessness. That’s why St. Francis House provides a variety of basic, rehabilitative, and housing services that are designed to not only alleviate guests’ suffering, but eliminate the underlying causes.

Here are some of the ways we tackle the effects of poverty.

THE PROBLEM

In January 2020, there were a total of 6,192 homeless people in Boston, according to the 40th Annual Homeless Census.

HOW WE HELP

Hundreds of individuals come to St. Francis House every day to access any number of our services. Some come for a hot meal, a shower, or fresh clothing, and many participate in our rehabilitative services as well: case management, housing services, and vocational rehabilitation. These individuals are actively working with St. Francis House to change the trajectory of their lives.

THE PROBLEM

The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in Greater Boston is $2,068; a two-bedroom apartment averages $2,594. With first and last month’s rent, the cost of housing is prohibitive for poor and homeless men and women.

HOW WE HELP

St. Francis House provides 102 units of permanent, supportive, affordable housing in the heart of downtown Boston. Our Housing Resource Center helps guests who are seeking independent housing. Staff members assist with filling out applications, advocacy, and accessing financial help. We also provide household essentials – pots and pans, silverware, etc. – for those moving into an apartment.

THE PROBLEM

Hunger remains high in Eastern Massachusetts, especially among the working poor and the unemployed, according to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

HOW WE HELP

St. Francis House is the only place in Greater Boston where adults can get a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day of the year.

THE PROBLEM

Those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders are at great risk for homelessness but often can’t afford the care they need.

HOW WE HELP

Our Behavioral Health Department provides more than 11,000 sessions a year. The clinical staff at St. Francis House are adept at treating those with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use disorder.