Homelessness & Poverty articles

Cradles to Crayons: Getting Essentials to Homeless and Low-income Children

Liam Cunningham Spare Change News It all began during a typical holiday trip to Michigan, where Lynn Margherio travels nearly every winter to visit her family. During the trip, Margherio was struck with an eye-opening realization while helping her young niece get dressed. “I was helping my niece get dressed and was pulling things from

We Can End Homelessness

By Lyndia Downie, President and Executive Director, Pine Street Inn There was a time when most of society assumed that someone like “Walter,” a chronically homeless man struggling with depression and addiction, had few alternatives to (or perhaps even preferred) life on the street. Walter would stay at a shelter like Pine Street Inn on

Vulnerable homeless targets highlight pervasive issues

A letter to the Orange County, California, District Attorney regarding the recent arrest of the alleged “serial killer” of four homeless men in Orange County, former Marine Itzcoatl Ocampo. District Attorney Rackauckas: I am a rehabilitation psychologist. My areas of specialty are psychiatric disabilities and brain injuries. I interned on the Psychology Service at the


By Matt Murphy STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, JAN. 21, 2012. On the heels of revelations that the former Chelsea Housing Authority executive director concealed hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary from the state, Gov. Deval Patrick will propose in his budget next week to impose new reporting and auditing requirements on