A new home for Hope House

Boston, MA, May 2009--
On Wednesday, May 6 the new Hope House Residential Treatment Center celebrated its official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Mayor Thomas Menino. The 35,000 sf Center consolidates all of Hope House’s programming and operations under one roof, allowing one of Boston’s oldest substance abuse treatment centers for men to serve more clients and to deliver services more efficiently.

Located at the corner of Hampden and Farnham Street, the Center is the uniting of two entities, the 80-bed Recovery Home, and 22 units of affordable housing for the homeless graduates of the program. Though under one roof, each has its own separate and distinct entrances.

The Recovery Home, in a newly constructed metal-paneled building, includes shared bedrooms, dorms, laundry rooms, commercial kitchen, multi-use dining room, computer labs, and meeting and counseling spaces. The Graduate Home, in a rehabilitated existing brick building, provides much-needed continued support to graduates of the Hope House program and includes residential units with kitchenettes and common bathrooms.

The newly constructed building’s sleek, multi-color metal panel façade maintains an industrial look that fits with the building’s surrounding industrial district. Contrastingly, the sun-light filled bedrooms, with views of Boston’s skyline, and playful flooring patterns give the interiors a warm residential feel.

Hope House was built to a LEED certifiable standard and is equipped with a geothermal heat pump system, rooftop photovoltaic array, daylighting sensors, gearless traction elevator, and a white roof to reduce the urban “heat island” effect.

The new space allows Hope House to continue to expand the capacity of their services and programs, as well as gives their clients access to more opportunities, such as increased computer access.