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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 –

MIT report says subsidizing the T would benefit low-income people

A study by MIT transportation and urban planning professors suggests that low-income folk would benefit from a reduced costs associated with riding the MBTA. Preliminary findings from the report “How Low-income Transit Riders in Boston Respond to Discounted Fares” found that reducing the cost of riding the MBTA would increase ridership for those who are

Boston police shoot and kill 19-year-old man in Dorchester

Officers in Dorchester shot and killed a 19-year-old after he opened fire on them, according to Boston Police Commissioner William Gross. Gross held a 10-minute press conference at Boston Police Headquarters on Monday, June 24, hours after the shooting. According to Gross, the victim was wielding a firearm at two officers who were on bicycle

Downtown residents discuss homelessness in Back Bay and BPL area

A panel discusses homelessness in and around Back Bay, and the area around the Boston Public Library. Photo by Jordan Frias Downtown Boston residents trying to understand what to do with the rising homeless population in their neighborhood attended a public forum on the topic hosted by the Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay at

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