Author Archives: Paula Mathieu

The Early Years of Spare Change News: Insights From Its Founding Organizer

By Paula Mathieu SPARE CHANGE NEWS Its 20th anniversary seems an apt time for Spare Change News and its readers to look back and reflect on the paper’s early history. “I wouldn’t have predicted this paper would last 20 years,” admits Tim Harris, who in 1992 was the idealistic journalist and homeless organizer responsible for

Poverty in Suburbia

Wellesley event to highlight need in wealthy communities Paula Mathieu Spare Change News Very little about the upcoming MetroWest Homelessness Forum is what one might expect. Unexpected Detail #1: It’s taking place in the tiny suburb of Wellesley, the fifth wealthiest town in Massachusetts. “What are you talking about, homelessness in Wellesley?” quips Evelyn Reading,

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