Homelessness & Poverty articles

Loaves and Fishes Serving Food and Music in Cambridge

Robert Sondak Spare Change News Every Saturday at 5:30 p.m., Loaves and Fishes Meals Program open its Magazine Street doors serving the homeless. Retirees and members of the community receive a hot restaurant-style buffet prepared by an experienced chef. According to Fred Reece, one of the program’s founding members, the First Korean Church has been

Expert: ‘Even if shelters were better, they’re still not solving the problem'

Kevin Roberts Street News Service Dennis Culhane, Ph.D., hangs up on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to welcome One Step Away into his office at the University of Pennsylvania. A housing program in Massachusetts had run into trouble with funding and overcrowding, and, of course, it reached out to Culhane, arguably the nation’s leading expert and

Putting a Face on Homelessness

Alexander R. Moore Spare Change News A joint collaboration between the Horizons for Homeless Children (HHC) organization and the National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH) to commemorate Homeless Awareness Month resulted in a display of riveting photographs of homeless children and families. The exhibit, Looking Into Light, contains vivid images of children undergoing the difficulties

In Harvard Square, Student-Led Shelter Offers Beds through the Winter

Julie Monrad Spare Change News On a beautiful November Saturday, enhanced by crisp, cool air and the sun setting fire-red leaves aglow, a group of Harvard students gathered at the University Lutheran Church in Harvard Square, ready to clean. These students, armed with cleaning buckets and scrubby pads, were preparing for the annual November 15th

Local Housing Programs: History of the Cambridge Housing Assistance Fund

In 1999 after rent control was change to reflect the need of low to moderate income people; a group of Cambridge business leaders created a program to provide subsidies and affordable rental housing within the city of 100,000 people. The Cambridge Community of Realtors, Cambridge Trust Company, East Cambridge Savings Bank, and Cambridge Savings Bank