New Furniture and Essential Household items for residents at #TheUnion

Bobs and Essential items

Imagine the joy of finding housing after months or perhaps years of searching.  Now imagine having that apartment with nothing to fill it.  Where will you sleep?  How will you cook?  And even if you can cook, what will you eat on?  For individuals moving out of homelessness, these are real concerns. We are thrilled […]

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BrightSphere Investment Group Tours Construction Progress at 48 Boylston Street

Our excitement for the construction progress over at 48 Boylston Street is contagious! We’re thrilled to have so many partners interested in seeing the progress, and finding out about ways to support the project. One of our Corporate Partners, BrightSphere Investment Group, got in on the action by touring the active construction site. We made […]

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48 Boylston: April Update

Gilbane contractors finished up demolition on the lower floors and continue duct work and framing on all floors. The framing establishes where all the new walls will stand. Each floor is transforming into new configurations to become affordable housing apartments and administrative space for St. Francis House staff. This month we started some visually exciting […]

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48 Boylston: March Update

48 Boylston affordable housing Monthly-Update-sign

March: In like a lion, out like a lamb This past month, Gilbane Corp. averaged approximately 30-35 workers on site daily at 48 Boylston Street, with the majority of the workmanship consisting of demolishing the building interiors on floors 1-5. What’s going on inside? Contractors will continue demolition, working on miscellaneous items throughout the building, […]

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Groundbreaking celebrates creation of affordable housing in downtown Boston

48 Boylston Groundbreaking with Gov Baker

L to R: Miceal Chamberlain, Bank of America; Mayor Martin Walsh; Lisa Alberghini, POUA; Cardinal Seán O’Malley; Governor Charlie Baker; Secretary of Commonwealth William Galvin; and Karen LaFrazia, St. Francis House all sign a metal beam that will be installed during the renovation. On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, we broke ground at 48 Boylston! Cardinal O’Malley, […]

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Happy New Year, Happy Groundbreaking at 48 Boylston Street!

What is 48 Boylston Street? 48 Boylston Street is the former Boston Young Men’s Christian Union building. St. Francis House, in partnership with the Planning Office of Urban Affairs, purchased the building with the vision of creating 46 units of affordable housing, a social enterprise creating employment training and new jobs for homeless individuals, and […]

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Barriers to Benefits: A Forum with State Auditor Bump

Barriers to Benefits roundtable w Auditor Bump

On Wednesday, June 7, 2017 St. Francis House convened a roundtable with Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump, City of Boston agencies and homeless service providers to discuss current difficulties to access or maintain existing State benefits. The forum closed with recommendations on institutional barriers to resolve and improve use of taxpayer dollars to help individuals […]

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Meet Joe, a St. Francis House guest with a home

Joe Burton and his case manager, Vinnie Perryman

 Joe checks a document during a recent appointment at St. Francis House with his case manager, Vinnie. Many do not realize that 25% of our guests each year are not homeless. Some of our housed guests first came to St. Francis House while experiencing homelessness but, as Joe’s story shows, continue to return for holistic […]

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A Place to Call Your Own: Helping Guests Find a Permanent Home

Housing Image Next Step Counseling and Housing Support staff

St. Francis House staff like Kim, Corey, and Neysa provide many housing resources for guests For the first time in many years, Gerard Ready has a home of his own, thanks to St. Francis House. And although it’s been more than a year since he moved into his rooming house on the Dorchester/Roxbury line, he […]

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