Housing the Boston Homeless

Presenter: Sarah Solomon

Research Category: Humanities and Arts
Student Type: Undergraduate
PI: Dan Adams
Award: Scholarship
Award Winner Category: Humanities and Arts

Approximately 7,663 homeless people sleep on the streets of Boston each night. Shelters in and around Boston are at maximum capacity, and the city requires a solution that will help transition these people into permanent housing. Approximately 75% of the homeless individuals have a mental or physical disability that has prevented them from keeping a job and ultimately resulted in the loss of their home. In order to reduce the homeless population in Boston, a social housing model needs to be created that acts as a rehabilitation center for mentally or physically disabled homeless individuals. The goal of the social housing is to provide the residents with a stable living environment, as well as the skills and resources necessary to address their problems. Once stable housing is achieved, individuals are better prepared to address their mental illnesses and substance related disorders. These individuals will then gain the skills necessary to re-enter society as productive members, and ultimately be able to afford their own permanent housing. The investment in a semi permanent housing solution for the homeless individuals of Boston will help to better the community. It would decrease the number of people living on the streets, transition them into permanent housing, and put them in a position to contribute back to the society of Boston through the workforce.