Quincy celebrates ‘transformative moment’ in the fight to end homelessness
FBMS previews nearly completed Yawkey Housing Resource Center
[QUINCY, Mass., June 15, 2023] Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS), a regional leader of services to prevent and end homelessness, is nearing the opening of its innovative Yawkey Housing Resource Center, which will house a new service-delivery model that community and business leaders say could serve as a national model in the effort to end homelessness.
Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, House Speaker Ron Mariano, Arbella Insurance Group President & CEO John Donohue, and Yawkey Foundation CEO Maureen Bleday were among the more than 200 community members who attended a ribbon-cutting event Thursday, June 15, 2023 to celebrate the upcoming opening of the Yawkey Housing Resource Center.
The $26 million development, set to open by early fall, includes two new buildings totaling 36,000 square feet, comprised of a day center, an emergency shelter, and 30 efficiency apartments. The day center is a new offering for FBMS that will provide wraparound supports, re-housing services, and co-located services designed to reduce the overall reliance on overnight shelter among individual adults facing a housing crisis.
“This is a transformative moment not only for our mission at Father Bill’s & MainSpring, but also for the South Shore, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the greater fight to end homelessness,” said John Yazwinski, President & CEO of FBMS. “Our bold vision, more than 10 years in the making, is becoming a reality thanks to our generous public and private partners. We are truly grateful to be part of such a compassionate community that is willing to advocate for — and invest in — proactive, housing-based solutions that create a path home for our neighbors experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness.”
FBMS has raised $9.8 million of its $10 million private fundraising goal toward the Yawkey Housing Resource Center. FBMS is also looking to raise an additional $1 million to help build a new HRC in Brockton that replicates the Quincy development. Individuals and businesses interested in supporting the Quincy and Brockton HRCs can contact FBMS Chief Development Officer Catie Reilly at email@example.com or visit pathhome.helpfbms.org.
Supporters of Yawkey Housing Resource Center
Public Funders: Administration of Governor Maura Healey & Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll - Department of Housing and Community Development, Executive Office of Health and Human Services; City of Quincy; Quincy Affordable Housing Trust Committee; Quincy Housing Authority; Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation; Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation (CEDAC); MassHousing; Property Casualty Initiative; Rockland Trust; MetroHousing/Boston.
Private Funders: Alvarium Foundation; Arbella Insurance Foundation; Kathi & Bryce Blair; Boselli Family; Patricia Conway; Dedham Savings Community Foundation; John Donohue & Frances Robinson; Eastern Bank Foundation; Deborah & Philip Edmundson; The Flatley Foundation; Gemma Family; Jack Conway; John and Mary Corcoran Foundation; Lisa Lenon & William Stanton; McKim Family; William Murphy; Pineau Family; Quincy Mutual Group; Rockland Trust-Blue Hills Charitable Foundation; Rotary Club of Weymouth; South Shore Bank; Jack & Kay Spurr; Vercollone Family; Yawkey Foundation.
Development Team: Property Manager and Service Provider - Father Bill’s & MainSpring; Development Consultant & Owner’s Project Manager - NeighborWorks Housing Solutions; Architect - The Narrow Gate Architecture; General Contractor - Dellbrook | JKS; Project Attorneys - Hackett Feinberg, P.C., Matera, Vopat, Matera & Johnson, P.C.
About Father Bill’s & MainSpring
Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS) is the leading provider of services to prevent and end homelessness in Southern Massachusetts. The agency, founded in the early 1980s by a group of interfaith and community leaders, helps more than 5,000 people annually who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. FBMS, a proud partner of the United Way of Greater Plymouth County and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency with administrative offices in Quincy and Brockton and program offices throughout Southern Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.helpfbms.org.