Author Archives: Adam Sennott

New Editor Named at Spare Change News

New Editor Named at Spare Change News

The Homeless Empowerment Project/Spare Change News recently announced the hiring of its new editor-in-chief. The Rev. Osagyefo Sekou, author, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy, was hired to replace outgoing editor-in-chief Tom Benner, whose family is relocating to Singapore. Sekou also previously served on the board of the

Harvard Square Business Association Trains Homeless Ambassadors

By Adam Sennott SPARE CHANGE NEWS For a few minutes, Denise Jillson was homeless, pregnant and HIV positive. However, when time was up, Jillson went back to being the executive director of the Harvard Square Business Association. On June 2, members of the Harvard Square Business Association gathered with homeless advocates at the Harvard-Epworth United

New Leader Appointed at Homeless Empowerment Project/Spare Change News

Adam Sennott Spare Change News The Homeless Empowerment Project (HEP)/Spare Change News recently announced the hiring of its new Executive Director. Vincent Flanagan, who previously served as Development Director for Legal Affairs for Give Us Your Poor, was hired to replace outgoing interim Executive Director Bob Woodbury on May 17. Flanagan stated that he and

Smoke-free or free to smoke? BHA moves to ban lighting up inside public housing units

Adam Sennott Spare Change News The Boston Housing Authority is taking steps toward protecting its residents from the dangers of second-hand smoke. However, some residents feel their rights are being violated. The Boston Housing Authority is moving forward with plans to implement a smoke-free housing policy in September 2012. This policy will prohibit residents and

More Students, Less Money For Higher Education

Adam Sennott Spare Change News Enrollment at publicly funded colleges is up, driven by a demand for an affordable college education and, for many students, a focus on workforce development with the real-life connec- tions to regional employers that are found at community colleges. At the same time, state support for those state and community

Panhandlers of Harvard Square

[img_assist|nid=551|title=|desc=|link=none|align=center|width=400|height=400] Adam Sennott Spare Change News When most people walk past panhandlers in Harvard Square, they don’t say anything. But for one local artist, a picture says a thousand words. Marc Clamage, an architectural illustrator and painter, drew his first portrait of a panhandler last year. Since then he has completed eight portraits and says

My Life With Whitey: Bulger Enforcer Eddie MacKenzie Speaks Out

He learned how to fight and survive on the streets and lived under a strict code of silence. But he believes his former boss, James “Whitey” Bulger, who was apprehended by the FBI on June 23rd, is going to name names. “Absolutely, he’s probably going to try and help Catherine Greig out or he’s just

Boston’s Big Brother: Paul Epstein

Theo Epstein may have been the architect behind two Red Sox World Series Championships, but his twin brother has gone to bat for countless youths throughout Boston. Paul Epstein, a social worker at Brookline High School, has dedicated his life to helping disadvantaged kids. Epstein has also been a Big Brother twice, worked at The

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