Author Archives: Jordan Frias

Roxbury’s Whittier Street Apartments Receives Major Funding from HUD Grant

Roxbury was one of five communities this month to receive a major grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti appeared at the Whittier Street Apartments with U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to announce the $30 million Choice Neighborhood Initiative grant on behalf of

Criminalization of Homelessness Persists, Report Finds

Despite efforts to help homeless populations get back on their feet, a new report finds that the criminalization of homelessness is on the rise. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty has reviewed state laws over the past decade and has determined that as many as 187 cities continue to impose harsh penalties on

Some advocates see holes in HUD data, argue that homelessness may not be on the decline

The narrative that homelessness is on the decline nationally and in Massachusetts is something that local homeless advocates find hard to believe. Recently released reports from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) say that there are less homeless families, veterans and disabled persons on the street this year than in previous years, yet

Vice Mayor Marc McGovern talks to SCN about the city’s efforts to help the victims of last weeks 10-alarm fire in Cambridge

(Photo: Brett Boston) Days after the devastating fire that destroyed several houses along Berkshire Street in Cambridge and displaced almost 150 people, the city’s vice mayor Marc McGovern talked to Spare Change News about what he and his colleagues were doing to help those in need. Q: How are you guys helping people who lost

Alleged Serial Killer Who Targeted San Diego’s Homeless Found Mentally Incompetent to Stand Trial

A San Diego serial killer arrested for the murder of three homeless men in July was found mentally incompetent to stand trial recently by Superior Court Judge Steven Stone. Stone ruled that Jon David Guerrero, 39, will spend the next three years at Patton State Hospital—a forensic psychiatric hospital in San Bernardino County—according to San

Emmanuel Gospel Center Raises funds for organizations in the South End

Volunteers and Boston residents gathered in Blackstone Square on Saturday, October 15, to raise awareness and money for programs that serve the homeless population in the South End. Starlight Ministries, a program of Emmanuel Gospel Center on San Juan Street, has been raising $20,000 through its annual Starlight 5K Walkathon for six years for programs

Prominent Athlete Acknowledged for Work with Struggling Youth and Families

John Wall is best known for his actions on the court, but his actions off are what caught the attention of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, which recently recognized him with an award. Wall, a point guard for the Washington Wizards, is the first NBA player to receive the McKinney Award, named

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