Our Story
For more than 20 years, HomeStart has worked to prevent and ultimately end homelessness in the Greater Boston area.

Our Story

We have helped save over 3,000 families and individuals from losing their homes and offer stabilization services to assist them in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing. This not only serves to preserve our clients’ dignity but also saves millions of dollars in taxpayer assistance. Here at HomeStart, we change lives through ending homelessness.

In 1994, HomeStart was founded when advocates and shelter providers set out to test a simple premise:
With proper assistance and expertise, homeless individuals and families could obtain and maintain permanent housing.

Our History

Boston’s homeless shelters in the 1990’s provided adults with a temporary place to stay, but offered few support services to help them find housing. This resulted in the issue of homelessness being left at a standstill while many people remained in desperate need of a home.

HomeStart began with a pilot grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which allowed us to start placing homeless families in housing. As our organization grew, we developed follow-up services to assist people in retaining their homes.

We also took on the challenge of securing and managing an array of housing tools that facilitate preventing homelessness, such as flexible rental funds. More recently, we established additional services like money management programs, to ensure clients thrive in permanent housing.

HomeStart has grown and adapted since its launch in 1994.  Our growth has consistently promoted the clear vision and agenda of housing solutions to end and prevent homelessness.