Author Archives: Jordan Frias

Former hospital building reopens as homeless shelter sees first case of COVID-19

Pine Street Inn, New England’s largest homeless shelter, has reported its first case of coronavirus among its guests. The person who contracted COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, stayed at a number Boston-area shelters, including Pine Street Inn, according to a statement issued by the shelter on March 26. The individual who tested positive is

Hospitals give $3 million to Boston homeless organizations

Three major Boston hospitals are working together to tackle housing insecurity over the next three years. Boston Medical Center, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital will provide $3 million in funds over the next three years to organizations that are aiding those struggling to afford rent or are facing eviction. All three hospitals

Bill Would Expand Those Eligible for SNAP

A bill filed mid July would make more college students eligible for food assistance on campuses across the country. The College Student Hunger Act of 2019, filed by Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Representative Al Lawson of Florida, would make all Pell Grant eligible students also eligible for SNAP benefits. The purpose of the

Former Fair Housing and Equity Staffer Hopes to Replace Three-Term Councilor in District 5 Race

Housing affordability has been an issue that Boston city council candidate Alkia Powell has dealt with throughout her life. Powell, vying to replace District 5 Councilor Tim McCarthy, who is not running for reelection, has left her post with the city’s economic development office to be a voice for Roslindale, Mattapan and Hyde Park –

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