Author Archives: Robert Sondak

Helping Hands: South Shore Advocacy Group Provides Food and Clothing to Boston’s Homeless

Helping Hands: South Shore Advocacy Group Provides Food and Clothing to Boston’s Homeless

On the Boston Common, 85 homeless people recently received food and clothes thanks to a homeless advocacy group from the South Shore. The Hingham-based community group Community Offering Practical Encouragement, or C.O.P.E, held its second annual family day to help the homeless of Greater Boston while they endured a cold and rainy April weekend. From

Lieutenant governor opens women’s substance abuse program at Taunton State Hospital

Photo: WikiCommons Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito unveiled a new program to help women who have been civically committed for drug treatments avoid going to prison earlier this month, Governor Charlie Baker’s office said. Polito and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders and Department of Mental Health Commissioner Joan Mikula opened the new Women’s Recovery from Addictions

Gov. Baker announces $5 Million investment Targeting Chronically High Unemployment

Photo: Massachusetts National Guard New initiatives to fight chronic unemployment will be included in the proposed FY 2017 budget, Governor Charlie Baker’s office said recently. Baker and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, Ronald L. Walker II, who is also a member of the governor’s task force on persons facing chronically higher rates of unemployment,

City Council considers satellite police station in Central Square

Photo: Madeleine Ball The Cambridge city manager is exploring the possibility of creating a satellite police station in Central Square, after city councilors raised concerns about the deteriorating condition of Carl Barron Plaza this past September. The city council voted unanimously to recommend the city manager look into putting the satellite police station in Central

Bunker Hill Community College receives grant to increase Latino enrollment

Bunker Hill Community College and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education are teaming up to provide better access to college for Latino students. Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) received a $200,000 Vision Project Performance Incentive Fund grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education on Dec. 3. The grant is designed to help BHCC increase

HUD reports decrease in Mass. homeless population

Homelessness in Massachusetts fell 0.5 percent in 2015, the Department of Housing and Urban Development said. HUD released its 2015 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress on November 19, HUD said in a press release. The report found that 21,135 people experienced homelessness across Massachusetts in 2015, of which 97.2 percent were staying in residential

VENDOR VOICES: When I was homeless

For me, the 1980s was a time of creativity, a lot of stress and homelessness. I left Boston after six years and went on to complete my associates’ degree at a suburban Long Island college. Once I got back to New York, I registered with a temporary employment agency and worked in my first full-time

Y2Y SHELTER: Youth shelter coming to Harvard Square

Y2Y Harvard Square recently unveiled plans to open the nation’s first student-run shelter for young adults aged 18 to 24 at 3 Church Street. This new overnight youth shelter is scheduled to open on November 1 at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. The shelter will house 20 youths per night, seven nights a week,