I am writing in response to the March 2 Gazette article “Homeless care project is back in court.” As a longtime Jamaica Plain resident that lives in the vicinity of the proposed development, I would like to express my strong support for the project. Permanent affordable housing remains a vital need for many—and that need has only skyrocketed as a result of the ongoing Great Recession.
Affordable housing offers innumerable benefits to communities beyond providing stability for vulnerable individuals, which fosters their renewed self-sufficiency. For instance, research shows that permanent housing represents a proven indicator for improved health outcomes. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, one of the three organizations in the project, will be able to provide essential respite medical services to those who need it most.
Furthermore, this development is aligned with the JP community’s long history of embracing diversity and welcoming projects that bring affordable homes and medical care services into the neighborhood. I am also confident in the capability of the organizations involved with the project—the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and Pine Street Inn—to manage and oversee this development. All three organizations have strong reputations and track records of being a good neighbor.
As a resident who unequivocally supports the development, I’m looking forward to this project moving forward as soon as possible.