Kindness Links Homeless Man with Charlestown Apartment

Senior citizen who had been sleeping at Logan Airport lands a Charlestown apartment through a Boston Housing Authority program.

For the first time in a long time this week, Fred Robins went home.

The 77-year old Maine native and former ship worker had been living on a $713 Social Security stipend, which, in the Boston rental market, didn’t leave him with enough money to cover his bills and housing.

With nowhere else to go, he had been sleeping at Logan Airport.

This week, though, he unlocked the door of his Charlestown apartment for the first time.

The story began, according to a spokesperson for Bank of America, when Robins visited one of the bank’s branches in Southie. Valerie Ferry, the banking center manger there, recognized his situation, and asked her supervisor what they could do about it. The supervisor, in turn, contacted the United Way and found out about linking Robins with an apartment through the Boston Housing Authority.

Then, Ferry helped Robins fill out his application.

The authority approved Robins’ application, and, after a bit more bureaucracy, he was given the keys to his furnished home on Bunker Hill Street this week.

Beckhart August 02, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Thank you Valerie Ferry, sometimes it only takes one person to care to change a life. Great story.
M Donahue August 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Not enough of this in the world. Love it.
JMM02129 August 02, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Puts things in perspective no doubt. We do need more of this goodwill.
TheMaskedTruthsayer August 02, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Okay, now for the reality: (a) if he was receiving only $713 per month, he obviously never worked tha much in his life, (b) Many people-especially those who have or do work-were probably much more entitled to that apartment than this guy. (c) B.H.A. will milk this for all it is worth because it keeps the scrutiny away from their overpayed management, increasingly slow unit turnovers (HUD is P.O'd) and general mismanagement.
Kathy Giordano August 02, 2012 at 02:35 PM
MaskedTruthsayer, Check out Social Security benefits. Even if you worked all your life, it is based on what you made (put into the system) as to how much you're allowed each month. BHA housing was intended just for people like this man. He is an American who played by the rules and should be allowed a benefit such as this. I think YOU should take a reality check.
TheMaskedTruthsayer August 02, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Kathy, I bow to your expertise on how the "system" works.
Just a person! August 02, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Hey Truthsayer, Pretty quick to judge this homeless person, How about getting the drug addicts, so called reforming , and maybe a few pedifiles,out of the Governer Warren elderly units! That's what is a disgrace! How do you know that this homeless person wasn't a Purple Heart veteran that has fallen on hard times? Maybe he has gone thru something tragic in his life and just has given up. Don't be so quick to judge someone, or maybe you think a drug addict deserves the apartment more than a person who has served his country! How much have the drug addicts,acholics,and the welfare section eight people done for this country?
TheMaskedTruthsayer August 02, 2012 at 11:41 PM
To Just a Person (debatable): You create your own scnerio as to what I was thinking and then expand upon it? Maybe you should have another drink yourself of smoke another bone of wet eddie and then you can have a lucid conversation.
Just a person! August 03, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Your pretty well versed in all the lingo so you must be one of whom I was speaking.
TheMaskedTruthsayer August 03, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Nah, I read about it just like I read that it's "who" and not "whom" in the context of an object vs. a person. I would also sugggest a thesaurus and a copy of Elements of Style...based on your other posts.
marian carey August 03, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Really, he did not work that much in his life Jerko, the cost of living was significantly less when he was in the work place and that is what it is based on. Who made you in charge. Maybe one day you will find yourself in that situation.. I hope so
Just a person! August 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I would suggest that you should take a writing course, and improve your spelling, it so simple,did you ever hear of spell check? As for posts.... Do you ever agree or disagree with any? You should change your name to The Masked bs,er
Just a person! August 03, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I only wish you would read the post, and realize that this was someone doing a good deed, and not for you to reply with a bashing of him on here.
TheMaskedTruthsayer August 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
It's a free country (even with an ever-eroding constitution) but, it remains to be seen that you can see the larger picture of all this. Try to look past the fluff if, that is, you can get your head out of your rear end long enough to do so.
C.W.D. III August 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
How do you know the person you are replying to right now does ANY of that ?! Amazing how " psychic " you think you are, but then again, those who think they know the most often know very little. Keep proving everyone else's points by opening you " Glen Beck " type mouth.
C.W.D. III August 04, 2012 at 06:55 PM
What the hell does the grammar have to do with the topic at hand ? Got a little A.D.D. from all the drugs you're on ?
C.W.D. III August 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Hey The MaskedTruthsayer. Any particular reason why you're masked in the 1st place ? Seems kinda cowardice. Maybe you should change your nae to RightWingRepOnSteroids.
C.W.D. III August 04, 2012 at 06:58 PM
There's a difference between a larger picture and trying to view a grain of sand from space, you moron !
C.W.D. III August 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
You talk about a" bigger picture " and yet you are the most narrow minded person here ! That's called hypocrisy !
C.W.D. III August 04, 2012 at 07:04 PM
TheMaskedTruthsayer, you state that it's a free country, but our founding fathers didn't take people like you into consideration. If only they knew how things would be today, I honestly have to wonder if they would have fought the Brits in the 1st place ! After all, this country is nothing but a screwed up version of the British government anyway. In this country, Republicans prevent democrats from achieving anything. In England the republicans work side by side with the democrats to benefit the ppl ! So as you can see, there RAE differences. Their education system is better as well, as you are proving to everyone else here.


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