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Give To The Homeless, Commit a Crime?

Norman Watne A television station in San Antonio, Texas, recently reported that a local councilman wants to make it a crime to give money to a beggar or homeless person on city streets. Those who open their wallets would be fined. “If there’s no money for the panhandlers, the panhandlers will go away,” said Councilman

The Clubhouse

In some towns people who are experiencing homelessness have to wander around during the day until they are allowed back into a homeless shelter to get their bed to sleep for the night. In other places, so-called day centers for homeless exist to provide services and to be simply a place to go during what

Illegal: Immigration Reform

James Shearer I, along with the rest of the country, have been following the goings on in Arizona. For those of you living under a rock, Arizona has passed a new immigration law that will take effect in August. The law states that anyone who is suspected of being in the country illegally can be

Fireflies on the Wind: On Leaving Haiti Part II

Jacques Fleury: The Haitian Firefly [Excerpt from my book Sparks in the Dark: A Lighter Shade of Blue, A Poetic Memoir] Imagine this jumpy scenario if you will. The house was full of activity. Five sisters, four big country husbands, four cousins, three stalwart maids and about four tenants with kids who rented parts of the house

Have You Seen This Man?

Adam Sennott *Special thanks to Nick Malave for helping locate members of the homeless community who may have been near the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel the morning of Eugene Losik’s disappearance. Unfortunately Spare Change was only able to find one man who may have been in the area at the time, though he said

The Origins of the Tea Party Express Movement

Robert Sondak Tea, Anyone? During the second week in April, 5,000 people met in Boston to listen to former Republican Vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan ex-Governor Sarah Palin speak. Senator John McCain’s running mate echoed to the crowd that we are the true Americans, the frustrated silent voice. The April 12 issue of Spare Change

Making Strides to Outpace Homelessness

Adam Sennott They started in Philadelphia then expanded to Baltimore. After that it was Washington D.C. And pretty soon they will officially be on their feet in Boston. Back on My Feet is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the homeless become self-sufficient while also improving their confidence and belief in themselves through running. Although

Stemming the "Rising Tide" of Elder Homelessness

David J. Jefferson Picture your grandmother. Gnarled, spotted hands creak, pull an ancient scarf down over wisps of white hair. Cataract eyes peer through cloudy glass, gaze into yours through imagined years intermediary. Call it age or gender bias, but she is a woman envisioned in comfortable surroundings, all overstuffed armchairs and well-provisioned kitchens. Yet

Spare Change News Silent Auction

It’s hard to believe, but we’re all grown up. For the past 18 years, Spare Change News has been empowering persons experiencing homelessness and other forms of social and economic adversity to improve their lives through self-employment. Through the voices of its vendors and the content of its pages, Spare Change has consistently engaged in

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