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Mayor Walsh and hundreds of volunteers take to streets for 2018 point-in-time count

Mayor Walsh and hundreds of volunteers take to streets for 2018 point-in-time count

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, left, and Emergency Shelter Commission director Jim Greene, right, speak to a recently housed young woman. On Wednesday night, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh led the annual homeless census, joining hundreds of volunteers who combed through the city to tally the homeless population. It was his fifth point-in-time count as the mayor,

Cambridge Opioid Working Group’s Report Proposes Solutions to Crisis

In late November the Cambridge Opioid Working Group released a report detailing the impact of the opioid epidemic on the city and offering local solutions to the crisis. The report, titled “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Cambridge,” also recommended nine steps for local leadership to follow, highlighting a need to reduce stigma, reduce harm and

Boston immigrants rally for temporary protected statuses and DACA

In Faneuil Hall on Wednesday night, about 200 hundred immigrants and their allies and advocates rallied in support of keeping Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians and other immigrant groups and preserving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In late November, President Donald Trump’s administration announced the upcoming end of TPS for Haitian, Nicaraguan, and

Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson meet for first debate

  Mayor Marty Walsh and city councilor Tito Jackson, his challenger for the corner office, finally faced off in the first mayoral debate of the election. The overall topics were safety, economic development, education, and race and diversity. The debate was held in Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, and the Wednesday night crowd often cheered,

Boston seeks consultant in push to end youth homelessness

Mayor Walsh attends the opening of a new transitional shelter run by Bridge Over Troubled Water, an organization that helps homeless youth. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the City of Boston announced it is searching for a consultant to assist its efforts to end youth homelessness. The new consultant will be responsible for gathering data, assessing

Bridge Over Troubled Water Opens New Transitional Home for Homeless Youth

Photo by Alejandro Ramirez On Friday Sept. 22, Bridge Over Troubled Water opened a new expansion for a transitional home in Brighton in an effort to double the amount of housing it can offer to homeless young adults in Boston. The new house offers meals, in-house counseling and employment assistance among other services. “We don’t

Mass. Activists and Politicians React to Trump’s DACA Repeal

Update: As of Sept. 14, President Donald Trump and the Democratic party have worked closer towards a deal on DACA. Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced working on a deal with the President, though the President has both denied and confirmed reports of the deal. The details are murky, though it seems

Protesters assemble for Speaker Ryan’s Lawrence New Balance factory tour

Protesters in front of the Lawrence Train Station, on the opposite corner of the New Balance Factory. All photos: Alejandro Ramirez. Around 100 protesters gathered in front of the Lawrence, MA train station to protest U S. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s tour of the nearby New Balance factory. Many held signs supporting Obamacare and calling

City Officials and Activists Discuss Health and Fair Housing in Roxbury

BPHC Director Monica Valdes Lupi  Residents of Roxbury, especially those living in subsidized housing, face greater health risks, including higher rates of asthma, diabetes and elevated blood lead levels, than many other Boston residents. These increased risks, according to the Boston Public health Commission, are linked to the quality and availability of housing in Boston.