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Permanent Housing

The three buildings of the Community Housing Programs are owned by The Friends of Boston’s Homeless and operated by The Homeless Services Bureau. 

The Community Housing Programs:

The Wise Street Recovery Home 
A Recovery-Oriented Community

The Valentine Street Housing Program for Women 
A Recovery-Oriented Community

The Porter Apartments 
Permanent Housing for Clean and Sober Adults

For more information about the programs, including referral process, please see the individual program below.

For more information about The Friends of Boston’s Homeless, please visit www.fobh.org.
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WISE STREET MEN'S RECOVERY HOME
The Wise Street Recovery Home was opened in 1990 as the first in a series of housing initiatives to help homeless individuals move beyond the emergency shelter and return to the community. It is located in Jamaica Plain. The house offers eight single-room occupancy (SRO) units along with a shared kitchen and living room area. Residents pay 30 percent of income for their monthly rent. 

The Wise Street Recovery Home provides a supportive and substance-free community designed to assist formerly homeless men in recovery with developing the skills necessary to function independently.

Eligibility:
  • Homeless male
  • 18 years or older
  • Employed, collecting benefits, or enrolled in an educational or job training program
  • Be able to participate in and contribute to community living
  • An established commitment to sobriety

Services Available:
  • Individual case management and counseling
  • Weekly house meeting
  • Substance abuse services
  • Vocational support
  • Live-in resident management
  • Referrals for health care, employment assistance, and housing search
  • Support with legal issues
For more information or an application, please call (617)524-5967.
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 VALENTINE STREET HOUSING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN

The Valentine Street Housing Program is a seven-room alcohol and drug-free housing program for women.  This program is funded through project-based Section 8 subsidies administered by the Boston Housing Authority. It is located in Boston, MA. 

The residence has seven private bedrooms, a large common living room, dining room and kitchen, and a completely finished basement, which may be used for meetings or recreation.

The goal of Valentine Street is to bridge the gap in the range of services and care offered for homeless women in recovery.  Valentine Street provides subsidized, sober, supportive housing, and helps women transition out of emergency shelters, recovery homes, or other transitional living programs.  This program will provide the residents with the opportunity to develop the additional skills, incomes, and stability needed to become self-sufficient.  The ultimate goal is to help residents reunite with their families, gain life skills, prevent relapse, and attain the self-esteem needed to go forward and enjoy a successful life. 

Eligibility:
  • Homeless female
  • 18 years or older
  • Be able to participate in and contribute to community living
  • Established commitment to sobriety
Services Available:
  • Individual case management and counseling
  • Weekly house meeting
  • Substance abuse services
  • Life skills development
  • Group counseling
  • Vocational support
  • Live-in resident management
  • Family reunification
  • Referrals for health care, employment assistance, and housing search
  • Support with legal issues
For referral information or an application, please call (617) ​524-5967.
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PORTER APARTMENTS

The Porter Apartments, opened in 2003, offer six spacious one-bedroom apartments for homeless adults in recovery from substance abuse. In addition to the apartment units, there is a common area that provides meeting space, offices for private counseling and case management services.  It is located in Jamaica Plain. 

The apartments are supported through project-based Section 8 housing subsidies administered by the Boston Housing Authority.  The Porter Apartments provide permanent low-income housing.  Residents are offered case management services, support in their recovery and assistance with the development of life skills. 

Eligibility:
  • Homeless
  • Single Adult
  • Employed, collecting benefits, or enrolled in an educational or job training program
  • Be able to participate in and contribute to community living
  • Established commitment to sobriety
Services Available:
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Individual case management and counseling
  • Monthly house meetings
  • Live-in resident management
  • Family reunification
  • Referrals for health care, employment assistance, and housing search
  • Support with legal issues
For referral information or an application, please call (617)524-5967. 
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