Author Archives: Jordan Frias

Cranston Demonstrators Fined for Violating Anti-Panhandling Ordinance, Lose Argument in Court

A month after the city of Cranston, Rhode Island, passed an anti-solicitation ordinance, housing advocates and demonstrators were fined $85 for violating that law to protest its enactment. Those fined lost a battle in court recently on the grounds that they deliberately violated the ordinance to distribute fliers at the intersection of Sockanosset Crossroads and

Accessing Services Still a challenge for Homeless Youth

Results from the third state-wide survey of unaccompanied homeless youth were released and showed that little has changed when it comes to the demographics of people affected by homelessness or the reasons why they are homeless in Massachusetts compared to past years. The results are based on a collection of surveys conducted over a two-week

Providence Mayor Says Smoking Ban Targets the Homeless

Providence, Rhode Island Mayor Jorge Elorza is pushing back on a downtown smoking ban ordinance that he says unfairly discriminates against the homeless. Elorza claims that an added section in the “Streets, Sidewalks and Public Places” ordinance prohibiting smoking from Fulton Street to Westminster Street by Kennedy Plaza will mainly impact the homeless who hang

Young Victims of Sexual Violence Find Refuge with Roxbury Youthworks

At-risk and court-involved youth may not always want the help that they need, but those in the Greater Boston area who do are likely to be paired with a Life Coach from Roxbury Youthworks Incorporated, an organization that has been around for 36 years. “We’re a voluntary program,” said Roxbury Youthworks Inc. Executive Director Mia

Affordable home becomes classroom for vocational students

Photos by Anna Bloxham About a dozen Madison Park High School students donned hard hats at the site of an affordable, energy efficient two-family home that is being built in Roxbury to learn the dos and don’t when it comes to safety in the field of carpentry. The event was organized by the Youthbuild Boston,

Longtime Catholic educator accused of abuse in South Boston

After working in Catholic education for nearly 40 years, Paul Doty, a former principal and educator of three religious schools in Boston, has been accused of sexual abuse by five men from South Boston. According to attorney Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney representing the five men, the alleged abuse by Doty occurred while he was principal

Congress considers SNAP cuts

Photo: Wikimedia Commons The fate of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is on the minds of many activists and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., as a Republican-controlled Congress debates the upcoming federal budget. Activists looking to team up with their elected officials to make the case against any cuts to SNAP attended a presentation held