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Davis Square bar’s Mardi Gras concert will benefit local homeless coalition

Davis Square bar’s Mardi Gras concert will benefit local homeless coalition

Photo: Sweet Wednesday It will be a sweet Sunday when the band Sweet Wednesday takes the stage on Sunday, February 26 to perform in a Mardi Gras-style concert to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition at the Burren. Donations collected at the free event, which will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will go

HUD 101: Housing Advocates Brace For Changes Under Trump Administration

On Feb. 7, 2017, a small group came together at the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain to learn about the change in administration at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Hosted by City Mission, the panel included speakers the Rev. June Cooper, Eric Shupin, Lynda Watson, Michael Kane and Mehreen Butt.

First ever Winter Walk shares Homeless experiences, stories

All Photos: Evgenia Eliseeva The first Winter Walk took place Sunday, Feb. 12 seeking to address the needs of Boston’s homeless community and share the real stories and struggles of this population. As we trudge through the coldest month of the year, thankful for many luxuries we deem standard commodities, our city’s homeless individuals are

Abuse of Homeless People at North Station Causes TD Garden to Rethink its Security

Allegations against several security guards who monitored the North Station area of the TD Garden have caused the company to sever ties with a contractor following the arrest of a man who police say viciously attacked a homeless man days before Christmas. Rene Norestant Jr., 27, of Everett was charged with two counts of assault

Point in time count 2017

At last year’s point in time count—the city’s annual homeless census where groups of volunteers physically count the homeless folks they see in the streets—Mayor Marty Walsh had recently announced the City of Boston functionally ended veteran homelessness. This year, to a crowd of 400 volunteers, he announced that two-and-a-half years of housing first initiatives

Boston Shows Up For Equality

On January 21, 2017, women across the world made history. Over 125,000 Bostonians and New Englanders gathered in the Boston Common to march in solidarity with communities affected most by intolerance, hate and injustice. Symbolically, the event took place the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. “United

City of Cambridge moving inclusionary zoning amendment into law

Cambridge has created 100 units of affordable housing over the past year,  a trend it is looking to continue and build upon in 2017. The Cambridge city council hopes to increase the percentage of affordable housing to 20 percent of the city’s total residential housing units by June of this year. Cambridge implemented inclusionary zoning,

RAFT Program Prevents Homelessness, Saves Taxpayers Millions

In 2016, taxpayers in the state of Massachusetts saved roughly $137 million thanks to the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. By allotting $12.5 million to homelessness prevention, 1,319 clients were assisted in Boston alone. The vast savings is due to the fact that to hold a family in emergency housing for the

HUD awards close to $70 million to support homeless programs in Massachusetts

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than $69.4 million to support 277 homeless housing and service programs in Massachusetts this past December. The funding comes from the Continuum of Care grants, that provides critically needed housing and support services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness across the state. “This funding

Lawsuit accuses Baker administration of denying shelter to homeless families

Naikis Cepeda is often forced to answer a question from her children that no parent ever wants to face: why don’t we have a home? The 28-year-old mother of two has confronted this question several times since her abusive husband abandoned her, leaving the family homeless. On nights when she was denied emergency shelter from

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