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Boston Listed as No. 1 City for Inequality

Boston Listed as No. 1 City for Inequality

The Brookings Institution recently released a study examining the increasing level of income inequality in cities and metro areas across the country, with Boston topping the list. Conducted by Alan Berube and Natalie Holmes, the study was released on Jan. 14. Alongside Boston, the study also ranked New York and San Francisco among the top

President’s budget proposal ‘a first step’ in aiding homeless families

President Obama is looking to house more homeless families over the next 10 years by providing them with more housing vouchers and short-term assistance, if his budget is approved by Congress. His budget calls for $11 billion more in spending to support these programs, which Megan Hustings, interim director of the National Coalition for the

Legal Center for the Homeless: US Gets D+ on Homeless Policy

A recent report by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty found that, while the federal government made some progress in securing the right to housing in 2015, government policy remains dangerously inadequate. The group’s annual Human Right to Housing Report card gave overall federal policy a big red D+. The analysis takes into

HUD launches new grant to help seniors age in place

Source: D. B. King The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced a new grant designed to help low-income seniors age in place. The $15 million grant will be used to test HUD’s Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing, which is designed to help low-income seniors age in

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs provides aid to struggling Native American veterans

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is providing aid specific to the needs of struggling Native American veterans. The VA, paired with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), has now offered grants to aid Native American veterans who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness,

“No person should have to live or die homeless”: US street papers unite to cover National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day

Courtesy of INSP News Service www.INSP.ngo / Street Sense By Ethan Cohen, One Step Away; Colleen Cosgriff, Dottie Kramer and Reginald Black, Street Sense; Alex Ramirez, Spare Change News Photo: Alena Kuzub Just days before Christmas, thousands of people across the U.S. gathered to remember the homeless and formerly-homeless people who died in 2015. INSP members

During federal deportation raids, Bostonians rally for immigrant rights

As the U.S. government conducted nationwide raids on undocumented immigrant families, Bostonians gathered at the State House steps on January 7 to show solidarity and denounce the country’s mass deportation efforts. The night also marked the Feast Day of the Epiphany, an important feast day in Latin American countries celebrating the arrival of the Three

Supreme Court Protects Homeless Rights

As this article will explain, numerous important issues involving the rights of the homeless have been addressed recently by our legal system, including a major victory for the homeless through the Supreme Court’s June 29 ruling in Thayer v. City of Worcester, in which the Homeless Empowerment Project was involved. As most of our regular

Seattle declares homelessness an emergency

Seattle became the latest city to declare homelessness an emergency this week. Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine announced they were declaring the emergencies Tuesday, November 2, Murry’s office said in a press release. Seattle City Council members Mike O’Brien, Sally Bagshaw and John Okamoto also helped outline new investments aimed at

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