Author Archives: Jordan Frias

Family Counseling One Weapon For Fighting Opioid Scourge

After declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency, many states, cities, towns and organizations are looking for ways to resolve it. Parenting Journey, a 35-year-old nonprofit organization based in Somerville, says the answer to the crisis is group therapy, particularly family therapy. Starting out as a group of clinicians and social workers in housing

New Program Supports Landlords Who Rent to the Chronically Homeless in Boston

Chronically homeless individuals and families known to the city will now have a shot at housing through the Department of Neighborhood Development’s newly launched Landlord Guarantee Program. The program, which began as a pilot in April, is meant to house 30 homeless individuals and 30 homeless families in the next two years by providing guarantees

Drop in food insecurity ‘not statistically significant’

Recently published Census data shows a modest dip in the overall household poverty rate in 2016, yet the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) said that progress has been “too little and too slow.” “While progress is good, it merely underscores that poverty in this country remains too high, particularly harming children,” FRAC President Jim

Denver Homelessness Organizer Avoids Jail Time, Still on Probation

An advocate for the homeless who was subject to a trespassing and unauthorized camping violation in Denver won’t face jail time after appearing in court and facing a possible sentence of up to 30 days behind bars. Lawyers for Terese Howard, 31, an organizer with Denver Homeless Out Loud, an organization advocating for the dignity,

Boston puts Advanced Property Management on notice in kickoff to Renters’ Week of Action

All photos: Jordan Frias About 100 residents from the Boston area organized outside of Back Bay Station on Dartmouth Street on Saturday, September 16 to kickoff Renters’ Week of Action, which is being held in 45 cities nationwide. City Life/Vida Urbana organizers led chants against Advanced Property Management and urged the public to sign a

Fresh Truck Brings Fresh Produce to Dorchester Neighborhood

Photos By Jordan Frias The Fresh Truck made a visit to the Codman Square Community Health Center in Dorchester on Thursday, August 17, to provide residents, workers and others in the neighborhood with fresh produce, free of charge. Reusable shopping bags were handed to the first 100 customers of the Fresh Truck, with $10 worth

Cruz Companies Celebrates $300 Million Rehab with Elected Officials

The recently completed renovations to 83 affordable units at the Wayne at Columbia development on Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan were celebrated by local and state officials on Wednesday, August 16. The development, rehabbed by Cruz Companies, the largest minority-owned construction and real estate development firm in the region, houses working families from Mattapan, Dorchester

United Way’s ‘Homeless Connect’ Helps Families in Need

Families and individuals looking for backpacks, new clothing, job opportunities and on-the-spot dental exams free of charge attended United Way’s “Project Homeless Connect,” an open resource fair held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury on Friday, August 11. Over 350 volunteers guided more than 200 families through the resource and service fair, which included