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Boston seeks consultant in push to end youth homelessness

Boston seeks consultant in push to end youth homelessness

Mayor Walsh attends the opening of a new transitional shelter run by Bridge Over Troubled Water, an organization that helps homeless youth. On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the City of Boston announced it is searching for a consultant to assist its efforts to end youth homelessness. The new consultant will be responsible for gathering data, assessing

Bridge Over Troubled Water Opens New Transitional Home for Homeless Youth

Photo by Alejandro Ramirez On Friday Sept. 22, Bridge Over Troubled Water opened a new expansion for a transitional home in Brighton in an effort to double the amount of housing it can offer to homeless young adults in Boston. The new house offers meals, in-house counseling and employment assistance among other services. “We don’t

Drop in food insecurity ‘not statistically significant’

Recently published Census data shows a modest dip in the overall household poverty rate in 2016, yet the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) said that progress has been “too little and too slow.” “While progress is good, it merely underscores that poverty in this country remains too high, particularly harming children,” FRAC President Jim

Mass. Lawmakers Consider $15 Minimum Wage

Cheers and jeers filled the State House on Tuesday, Sept. 19  as supporters and opponents alike packed the Garner Auditorium to voice their opinions on a bill proposing a $15 hourly minimum wage at a hearing held by the Joint Force Committee of Labor and Development. The current minimum wage in Massachusetts is $11 an

Homelessness is not Contagious

On face value, the photo accompanying this article is very funny. Unfortunately, many people are under the impression that homeless people are dangerous, mentally disabled, alcoholic or drug addicted. Yes, that can happen over time, but it doesn’t always happen at the onset of homelessness. Let’s get this issue of homelessness straight. First, homelessness is

Boston Fast-Food Workers Join 300-City Labor Day Strike

While many of us had a day off on Labor Day, fast-food workers in Boston were among those in 300 cities who walked off their jobs in a call for better wages and the right to join a union. The Boston action started at 6 a.m. at a fast-food franchise on Tremont Avenue. Among the

How Inequality Became the Big Issue Troubling the World’s Top Economists

After a riveting keynote speech from Neil McInroy at this year’s Global Street Paper Summit, it is clear that social inequality is becoming a greater focus for economists. In a recent feature for The Conversation, Steve Schifferes, professor of financial journalism at the University of London, takes a deeper look at why social issues are

Minimum-Wage Boost Making Dent in MA Child Poverty

It’s a significant dent.   The share of Massachusetts children living in poverty is down, and state job growth along with recent boosts in the minimum wage are cited as big factors pushing the positive trend.   The data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show the child poverty rate for Massachusetts dropped from

Denver Homelessness Organizer Avoids Jail Time, Still on Probation

An advocate for the homeless who was subject to a trespassing and unauthorized camping violation in Denver won’t face jail time after appearing in court and facing a possible sentence of up to 30 days behind bars. Lawyers for Terese Howard, 31, an organizer with Denver Homeless Out Loud, an organization advocating for the dignity,

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