Heading Home was founded in 1974 and has been ending homelessness in Greater Boston every day since. As a local pioneer of the Housing First model, we recognized years ago that when homeless people get and stay housed – as opposed to cycling in and out of shelters – their lives will improve. In 2008 our agency moved away from emphasizing emergency responses to a focus on permanent housing as our strategy for ending homelessness, resulting in a name change from “Shelter Inc.” to “Heading Home.”
Over the past 40-plus years, Heading Home has become one of the area’s go-to solutions providers for homeless individuals. As family homelessness became more visible, we responded. Families represent the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population today, accounting for more than 50% of our client base.