Homelessness & Poverty articles

State Puts New Limits on Homeless Shelter Access

Sarah Ferris Spare Change News The Massachusetts Legislature set aside more than $80 million for permanent housing assistance in next year’s budget — while slashing budgets for emergency assistance — as the state rolls forward with an overhaul of its costliest housing programs. The state Legislature approved the massive expansion of Governor Deval Patrick’s flagship

Book Club for the Homeless: 'Things Worth Discussing'

Caroline McHeffey Spare Change News Since last September, I’ve been in touch with the Oasis Coalition, an organization that helps to empower and give a voice to the homeless and poor of Boston. My volunteer work there started through my school, Suffolk University, and I was quickly serving at their Monday night dinners on a

The Rise of Women’s Boxing: From Local Gym to Olympic Arena

Noelle Swan Spare Change News No sooner had the bell rung than Jamie Jacobsen’s fist connected with my nose. Instantly, my eyes welled up with water and a cold chill set in all over my body. By the second round, my nose had swelled up beyond utility, leaving me struggling to learn how to breathe

Editorial: A work in progress

No one can argue with the good intentions behind HomeBASE, the centerpiece of the Patrick administration’s “housing first” approach to homelessness. The idea is to move the homeless out of emergency shelters — and costly state-subsidized hotel and motel rooms, which are used in the frequent event that shelters are full — and into permanent

Mothers Create Safe Space for Kids in South African Gangland

Gina Ginsburg THE BIG ISSUE SOUTH AFRICA Initially started as a feeding scheme by concerned mothers, the non-profit organisation has branched out and now offers more than 120 children between the ages of three and 18 alternative activities to the social ills that plague their community, such as storytelling, computer literacy, food gardening training, art

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