Homelessness & Poverty articles

Former hospital building reopens as homeless shelter sees first case of COVID-19

Pine Street Inn, New England’s largest homeless shelter, has reported its first case of coronavirus among its guests. The person who contracted COVID-19, the illness caused by coronavirus, stayed at a number Boston-area shelters, including Pine Street Inn, according to a statement issued by the shelter on March 26. The individual who tested positive is

Family homelessness rises faster in Mass. than any other state

New research from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) finds that since 2007, Massachusetts has been experiencing the highest increase, by percentage, in family homelessness out of all the states in the country.   There are currently 3,400 families experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts.  HUD categorizes homelessness according to a handful of scenarios: trading

Spare Change Vendor Remembered

The following is a lightly edited letter from Sumner McClain about Isaac Crawford, a Spare Change News vendor who recently passed away.   I met Isaac Crawford several years ago in Porter Square where he was selling Spare Change News, always with a smile. He introduced himself as “Ike,” and I shared my name, Sumner, with

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