Author Archives: Katrina Carbone

Sufi Service Committee celebrates clothes and food drive

The Sufi Service Committee held their biggest event of the year on Friday, September 22, the annual Clothes and Food Drive. The celebration included featured speakers like Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons and Executive Director of Somerville Homeless Coalition Mark Alston-Follansbee. Many other representatives from local organizations were also in attendance. Mo Nooraee lives by two

SNAP Receives $1.35 Million to Increase Access to Local, Farm-Fresh Food

The Fiscal Year 2018 Massachusetts State Budget, which Gov. Charlie Baker signed on Wednesday, July 17, 2017,  included some notable additions to the SNAP Program. In an effort to support local farms while continuing to assist low-income families, the SNAP program received $1.35 million in funding to support the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP). SNAP, the

HUD 101: Housing Advocates Brace For Changes Under Trump Administration

On Feb. 7, 2017, a small group came together at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain to learn about the change in administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Hosted by City Mission, the panel included speakers the Rev. June Cooper, Eric Shupin, Lynda Watson, Michael Kane and Mehreen Butt.

HUD offers $2 million in grants to help students living in assisted living pay for college

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) made it a little easier for students living in low-income housing to attend college earlier this month. HUD announced in a press release on August 2 that it is making $2 million in grant funding available to these students through its Resident Opportunities and Self Sufficiency (ROSS)

Pay For Success paves the way for over 250 individuals in first year

The Massachusetts Alliance for Supportive Housing got 250 chronically homeless individuals off the streets and into housing this past year as they implemented the nation’s first Pay for Success program, the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance announced in a press release. Pay for Success, which aims to cut chronic homelessness in Massachusetts by 50 percent

Home for Little Wanderers Hosts 12th Annual Voices and Visions Art Show

Photo: Home for Little Wanderers/Voices and Visions Each May, nearly 1,000 people gather at the Seaport World Trade Center for the Home for Little Wanderers’ annual Voices and Visions fundraiser and art show. This year, the Little Wanderers, who produced the nearly 200 pieces of artwork that were on display, showed audiences what “My World

MHSA Honors Jerry Ray at 13th Annual Fundraising Event

The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, or MHSA, held their 13th Annual Fundraising Event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Boston on Thursday, May 12, 2016. MHSA is a non-profit organization, founded in 1988, dedicated to ending homelessness in Massachusetts. The William Lloyd Garrison Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Jerry Ray, the former Vice

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