A writer and public policy expert, Paul Andrew, of North Grafton, Massachusetts, has advised Fortune 500 companies on matters pertaining to public policy and communications. Paul Andrew also supports a number of charities, including Boston-based Pine Street Inn.
A nonprofit organization founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn collaborates with people who are homeless to assist them in their transition from the streets to shelters and finally to permanent homes. The organization serves over 1,600 individuals who are homeless on a daily basis and close to 9,000 annually, providing food and shelter for those in need.
Pine Street Inn is aware that many of its guests strive to return to normal life only to find out that market-based housing is beyond their means. As a consequence, one of its initiatives is its housing program, which began in 1984. The program provides permanent supportive housing with on-site support staff. Rent is up to 30 percent of their annual income.
The usual housing features individual rooms with common living areas, bathrooms, and kitchens. On-site staff members help connect tenants with community services to prevent them from sliding back into homelessness.
The organization also provides housing for seniors, as well as for individuals with disabilities and those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.