JP Resident Tapped as Special Advisor on Homelessness in Boston

Jamaica Plain resident Laila Bernstein was named the city's first advisor to Mayor Marty Walsh for his Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness. "Laila has proven her capacity to lead the City and our partners through major reforms to the homeless response system, skillfully navigating the perspectives of diverse -- and at times competing - stakeholders and bureaucracies," said Walsh via press release. "She is absolutely committed to action, and to getting results, and has the vision and expertise that we need to reach our ambitious goals." The position was first outlined in the City's "Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness in Boston." Bernstein had already been working on the city's effort to end chronic homelessness with the Department of Neighborhood Development since fall of 2014.