Homelessness & Poverty articles

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,


By State House News Service Homelessness is a growing problem in Massachusetts that affects thousands of families, children, teenagers, single people and the elderly and will require millions of dollars more in state funds to alleviate, advocates from the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless told lawmakers this week at the State House. The group came

New Chapter for Harvard Square Bookstand: $2 books give way to free book exchange

Julie Monrad Spare Change News Have you ever noticed the second-hand bookstand in Cambridge on the sidewalk in front of 1324 Massachusetts Ave., near Holyoke Street? Not just glanced and continued walking, but truly observed it? Next time you find yourself walking along Massachusetts Avenue, debating whether or not to enter Harvard Book Store or

Carlos Robinson

Michael Ahern Spare Change News Upon first meeting with Carlos Robinson, there is an immediate feeling of optimism radiating from him. He wheels his bike around with him and grins when he speaks. And he is ecstatic that he gets to tell his story. Born and raised in Cambridge, Carlos has been selling Spare Change