April 25, 2019
FamilyAid Boston Names Larry Seamans as President

Larry Seamans
July 12, 2018 — FamilyAid Boston, a Boston nonprofit that provides homelessness prevention, shelter, housing, and critical services to homeless families, recently announced that Larry Seamans will be the organization’s new president.

Seamans will succeed Richard Ring, on July 16, who is retiring after a 47-year career in homeless services.

“We are thrilled that Larry Seamans will assume the role of president at FamilyAid Boston,” said Kip Sanford, board chairman of FamilyAid Boston. “We believe we have found the ideal person to lead the organization going forward, and we are confident that Larry will help us grow our programs and reach more families facing homelessness.”

Seamans most recently has served as chief program officer at Pine Street Inn, since 2013, overseeing all programs, including street outreach, emergency shelter, housing placement, and supportive housing programs. During his tenure, Seamans facilitated and implemented a strategic plan that expanded Pine Street’s housing strategies.

Seamans also has held executive and management positions with YWCA Boston, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Viacom, and Procter & Gamble. He served on the boards of The Samaritans, the Dana Farber Community Health Improvement Advisory Group, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Homeless Youth Commission; and task forces for GLAD and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

“Despite the tremendous progress made in reducing the number of families living in hotels, homelessness remains the most pervasive social issue facing the working poor in our city and Commonwealth,” said Seamans, citing recent national statistics placing Massachusetts as the state with the fourth highest family homeless rate in the country.

He added, “I am honored to be joining FamilyAid Boston at this critical time when even more innovative and pragmatic solutions, including greater collaboration between the business, philanthropic and human service sectors, are urgently needed to further prevent and ultimately end family homelessness.”

Seamans sits on the leadership committee for the City of Boston’s Action Plan to End Veteran and Chronic Homelessness. He also leads a city-wide committee to prevent homelessness through coordinated shelter triage.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State and a master’s degree from Syracuse University.

Ring originally stepped down from FamilyAid Boston in 2009, after 11 years in the job, to undergo a heart transplant operation. He returned as executive director in 2014, serving until his retirement last month.

When he returned to the organization four years ago, he said, "“I was blessed with a second chance at life, and I wanted to do something purposeful. The best thing I could possibly do was to come back to FamilyAid Boston and support the agency’s critically necessary work.”

Ring FamilyAid Boston through a period of great growth during a challenging time. As the City’s population of homeless families grew due to a skyrocketing cost of living, FamilyAid Boston nearly tripled the size of its supportive affordable housing program and expanded its homelessness prevention resources while serving as a safety net for families in need of shelter.

Founded as the Travelers Aid Society in 1916, FamilyAid Boston’s original mission was to assist immigrants in establishing housing, jobs, and educational opportunities in Boston. As affordable housing scarcer, FamilyAid Boston began to provided homelessness prevention services for families at risk of losing their homes and shelter for families who become homeless.

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