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All too often, Pine Street's guests struggle to get back on their feet only to discover that housing is beyond their grasp. For many the cost of market-rate housing is a barrier; for others, the difficulty of managing daily life on their own in the face of ill health, old age, or disability makes most housing options unworkable. In response to this need, the Paul Sullivan Housing and our Department of Mental Health houses offers permanent, affordable housing with on-site support staff.
Since 1984, Pine Street Inn has developed permanent residences for homeless individuals (based on the lodging house model ) and for families. Pine Street currently has more than 370 tenants in more than 20 residences throughout greater Boston. This permanent housing is available for men and women capable of living independently, and specialized housing is open to tenants with a history of mental illness or who are living with HIV/AIDS.
The responsibility of the Human Rights Committee is to monitor the activities of the program related to client rights, specifically to include: reviewing and making inquiry into complaints and allegations of client mistreatment, harm or violation of clients rights and referral of such complaints for investigation; reviewing and monitoring the use of physical restraint and/or other limitations on movement in accordance with 28.05; reviewing and monitoring methods utilized to inform clients and staff of clients? rights, to train clients in the exercise of rights and to provide opportunities for clients to exercise their rights; to make recommendations to DMH and to the program to improve the degree to which human rights are understood and enforced; to visit the program once per year. As necessary, these functions of the HRC may be delegated to sub-committees.
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