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Former Youth Workers Sentenced for Roles in Abusing Boys at a Residential Facility on Long Island

Four former Volunteers of America youth workers are facing jail time after a judge found them guilty of abusing teenagers while working on Boston’s Long Island in 2014. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Locke found Silvio Depina, 40, Jalise Andrade, 37, Hermano Joseph, 28, and Ainsley LaRoche, 44, guilty of beating, sexually assaulting and threatening

App Provides Access to Homeless Services Info for Young People

Finding a bed for the night or a nice hot meal in the winter just got easier for some homeless youth and young adults in and around the Greater Boston area. Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an agency dedicated to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth, launched a downloadable app for smartphones with up-to-date schedules and contact

Hotel Strike Ends With Better Contract For Workers

After being off the job for more than a month, employees of Marriott-owned hotels in the city reached an agreement and voted to return to work the weekend before Thanksgiving. Members of UNITE HERE Local 26 overwhelmingly voted in favor of ratifying their new contracts, which guarantees better working conditions and more job security, according

Stagnant Wages and Rising Rents Squeeze the Middle Class Out of Boston

Boston, and Massachusetts overall, have been outpacing the country  on low unemployment numbers and providing housing for the poor, but a new report suggests that this growth is largely limited to the wealthy, and that upward mobility is on the decline. A new poverty report from the Boston Foundation’s research center titled “Boston’s Booming…But for

Mobile outreach van, team serving the homeless suspended until further notice

The Action for Boston Community Development Mobile Homeless Outreach Team (MHOT), a program serving homeless people in Greater Boston’s Mystic Valley region , has  temporarily suspended its services as the program looks for donations to keep the van running. Spare Change News highlighted the program in March when it lost  funding from the federal government

Mobile outreach van, team serving the homeless suspended until further notice

The Action for Boston Community Development Mobile Homeless Outreach Team (MHOT), a program serving homeless people in Greater Boston’s Mystic Valley region , has  temporarily suspended its services as the program looks for donations to keep the van running. Spare Change News highlighted the program in March when it lost  funding from the federal government

With thousands more projected to live in Boston by 2030, city plans to add affordable housing changes

Census data from 2016 has Boston rethinking its housing goals for 2030, which is projected to see 59,000 more residents than anticipated. City officials released a revised version of their Imagine Boston 2030 plan that includes building an additional 16,000 units by 2030, upping the 2030 projected population of people in Boston from 709,000 by

Workers rally in the Seaport prior to talks with Marriott hotels

Hotel workers and members of UNITE HERE Local 26 marched through the Seaport on Friday, September 21 to rally against Marriott-owned hotels in the area. The march of 100 plus workers was a continuation of a march held on Labor Day, where union members announced they would force a strike vote if contract negotiations did

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