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Pru Lights Up For Boston’s Homeless Vets

Boston’s work housing homeless vets saluted by Prudential Center’s “31 Nights of Light”

Dec.21, 2015

BOSTON, MA — Boston Homes for the Brave, the umbrella initiative for housing Boston’s homeless veterans, announced today that as part of the Prudential Center’s “31 Nights of Light,” the top of the Prudential Tower will be lit ​in red and blue tonight​ beginning at 5:0​0​, in celebration of the housing of the city’s 500th homeless veteran housed since the initiative kicked off in July 2014.

“I thank Boston Properties and the Prudential Center for recognizing this important milestone,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  “There is a tremendous coalition of partners working together to house our veterans, and we will not rest until all of our homeless veterans are on a path to safe, stable housing.”

​The Homes for the Brave Initiative is a coalition of partners whose mission is to put a functional end to veterans homelessness in Boston.  As part of the Walsh Administration’s Action Plan to End Veterans and Chronic Homelessness, partners in this initiative have been focused on ensuring that no veteran has to sleep on the street; that if a veteran becomes homeless it is rare and brief; and that all homeless veterans have access to a pathway to safe, stable housing.

“We are pleased to join with the City of Boston and our other partners in the Homes for the Brave initiative to mark this milestone of 500 veterans housed,” said C. Andrew McCawley, President and CEO of the New England Center and Home for Veterans.  “We are proud to be a part of Boston’s team; with so many partners working together, we have reached this goal through persistence, collaboration, and singular focus on getting our veterans on a path to housing.”

The Homes for the Brave Initiative includes events such as the City’s first veterans’ housing surge at Pine Street Inn.  Held last month, representatives from 11 partner agencies gathered for the first time in one place to efficiently assist veterans in connecting with housing and housing resources. An additional surge took place on December 16th at the New England Center and Home for Veterans.

Watch NECHV President and CEO Andy McCawley, staff members, and city officials flip the switch:

About 31 Nights of Light

The Shops at Prudential Center will shine a light on Boston nonprofit organizations this holiday season. Each night of December, the top of the Prudential Tower is lit a different color in support of that night’s partners. 31 Nights of Light was created to help community organizations gain key visibility during the holiday season. Participating groups will “flip the switch” each night, with a host of musical performances and speakers each night.

Boston Homes for the Brave partners include

PUBLIC PARTNERS

City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development 
City of Boston Veterans’ Services
Boston Housing Authority 
Massachusetts Department of Veteran’s Services
Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
Massachusetts Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 
U.S. Veterans Administration
U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness 
Boston Public Health Commission

NON-PROFIT PARTNERS

Boston Health Care for the Homeless 
Boston Rescue Mission
Brighton Marine Health Center
Casa Esperanza 
Commonwealth Land Trust 
HomeStart, Inc. 
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance 
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership 
New England Center and Home for Veterans 
Pine Street Inn 
Project Place
St. Francis House
Veterans, Inc. 
Volunteers of America Massachusetts