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Last updated: 11/17/17

Boston’s Way Home

An action plan to end veteran and chronic homelessness in Boston.

Working together as a city, we can end chronic homelessness in Boston.  In 2015, Mayor Walsh set an aggressive goal to end chronic homelessness by 2018.  Our homeless services and housing providers are among the best in the country. Working together we have effectively ended chronic homelessness among veterans in our City.  Read the plan and our updates by clicking the links below.

Now, the City has turned its attention to ending all chronic homelessness by 2018. As of May 2017, more than 300 chronically homeless individuals have been housed.

See our one-year report

Find out more about our plans

Chronically Homeless Individuals Housed as of October 31, 2017


Helping the Homeless
Credit: Neighborhood Development

News and Announcements

Latest news
Mayor Martin Walsh speaks with business owners while touring the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston.
Oct 11

Landlord Guarantee program encourages renting to homeless

Neighborhood Development
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Oct 4

Boston awarded $2.4 million to increase access to housing and recovery support services

Recovery Services
The Mayor speaks at the 37th Annual Homeless Census.
Jan 26

Mayor Walsh leads 37th annual homeless census

Mayor's Office
Fair Housing internships
Dec 23

Mayor Walsh announces $24 million HUD grant to help the homeless

Neighborhood Development

How Can I Help?

How Can I Help?

Finding safe and affordable units for homeless individuals in Boston is our goal, and we can’t do it without you! The City of Boston is piloting a Landlord Guarantee Fund. We're giving resources and financial help to small landlords new to renting to homeless households. Other cities have put in place similar programs and found success.

Program participation benefits include motivated tenants, a dedicated landlord partner, access to landlord resources including mediation services, and access to funds for losses including unpaid rent and excessive damages. Through this program, we are creating opportunities for you to provide a stable place to call home for some of the most vulnerable residents in our City.

New Life Furniture Bank is an essential partner in the City's initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness. They need a variety of different types of volunteers. View more information. 

New England Center and Homes for Veterans is ending homelessness through housing and employment. See more information about volunteering

Friends of Boston's Homeless is dedicated to helping people move beyond homelessness into stability. See more information about volunteer opportunities.

St Francis HouseWhether they work in the kitchen, distribute clothing, or assist with mock interviews, our volunteers help ensure the quality of our services for Boston’s poor and homeless. 

More than 5,000 volunteers every year help Pine Street Inn provide shelter, housing and other crucial services to homeless men and women. Donations of time and talent help us continue the mission of ending homelessness.