Greater Boston Union of the Homeless Timeline

1986

  • Greater Boston Union of the Homeless founding convention held at Harvard Divinity School
    • Savina Martin elected president

1987

  • July – Protest held on July 4th outside the former Charlestown Navy Yard where the USS Constitution was berthed over use and meaning of national symbols
  • November – Members take over a building in Boston’s historic South End and are evicted by the mayor’s office
  • December – Boston City Hall refuses to allow a Christmas dinner for 75 homeless people be held there sponsored by the GBUH
    • NUH branches had agreed in October to host Christmas dinners in their communities’ city halls

1988

  • A three-month encampment called “Home Front” begins in front of the State House after a Boston Common memorial Service for a homeless man
    • After two weeks the encampment is chased to the Boston Common, then to the City Hall plaza, where it remained for two months

1989

  • Savina Martin founds Women’s Institute for New Growth and Support (WINGS), plays leading role in Treatment on Demand in Massachusetts

1990

1991

1992

1993

  • WINGS secures a building in Roxbury, MA