Homelessness & Poverty articles

Down and out in Harvard Square: Warm weather brings return of homeless ‘travelers’

Tom Benner Spare Change News Maxine Brandeis came to Harvard Square for the same reason Willie Sutton robbed banks — because that’s where the money is. “The police are more tolerant of panhandling here than in other places we’ve been,” said Brandeis, 21, who is spending a few weeks in the Square with her 25-year-old

We Are All In The Dumps: Remembering Maurice Sendak’s Fiction on Homelessness

Noelle Swan Spare Change News Maurice Sendak was being driven through Los Angeles in the early 1990s. It was the kind of journey into darkness found in his children’s books, only more real and scarier. The nation was struggling to emerge from the recession that had followed a worldwide stock market crash in 1987. Big banks reported

PATRICK ADMIN OPPOSED TO SENATE AMENDMENT CHANGING SHELTER ELIGIBILITY

From State House News Service: With the Senate ready to begin debate on its fiscal 2013 budget Wednesday and a majority of senators apparently backing an amendment to eliminate tighter restrictions on shelter eligibility for homeless families, Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein said the Patrick administration is urging the Senate to reject

MAJORITY SUPPORT SEEN FOR SENATE HOMELESS SHELTER AMENDMENT

From State House News Service: A Senate budget amendment that eliminates tighter restrictions on shelter eligibility for homeless families has attracted majority support in that branch a day prior to budget debate, with 22 senators signing on in support. The Senate budget, released from the Ways and Means Committee last week, restricts to four “narrow”

MassHousing Awards $350,000 for affordable sober housing

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE BOSTON – May 21, 2012 – MassHousing has awarded $350,000 in financing to help create 47 new units of affordable sober housing in Boston, Chelmsford, Somerville and Westford. The MassHousing grants will come from the Center for Community Recovery Innovations, Inc. (CCRI), a nonprofit subsidiary corporation of MassHousing that creates and

A Team of Socially Conscious Techies Spends a Weekend Building Websites for Non-Profits (Including Us)

Trisha Craig Spare Change News Thanks to a crack team of socially conscious computer programmers and web designers, Spare Change News has a new website that was unveiled this week. SCN was one of 31 non-profits to benefit from 2012 New England GiveCamp, a weekend-long extravaganza of coding that allows organizations in need of new

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