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Boston sees continued success housing the homeless, but still more work to do

Boston sees continued success housing the homeless, but still more work to do

Mayor Marty Walsh at the 2014 opening of Southampton Street Shelter. Photo: Zengzheng Wang. On Thursday, Boston officials announced that their push to end chronic individual homelessness has resulted in housing 301 individuals since the start of 2016. This is in addition to the 846 veterans they have housed since 2015. The new numbers reflect

Open spaces: Parks over people?

I recently came upon an article about Mayor Martin J. Walsh proposing $25 million from the city’s fiscal year 2018 capital plan budget be spent on schools, libraries, crosswalk and traffic signals and … open spaces? What are “open spaces”? Okay, I know it means parks and playgrounds, etc. I’m not begrudging that these places

City Sprouts germinating: Program expands to 7,000 students

Photo: Wikimedia Commons The City Sprouts school garden program has grown significantly over the past two years. In the last school year, more than 500 teachers from both school systems utilized City Sprouts gardens for instruction. Twenty-three percent of the teachers took their classes to the garden six or more times during the school year.

Spare Change News is looking for a new Executive Director!

Are you looking for a part time job that will allow you to help Boston’s first street newspaper continue its advocacy for homeless people? The Homeless Empowerment Project, which publishes Spare Change News, is looking for a new Executive Director. The 20-hour per week position pays $20,000 annually, and includes two weeks of paid vacation.

Congress considers SNAP cuts

Photo: Wikimedia Commons The fate of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is on the minds of many activists and lawmakers in Washington, D.C., as a Republican-controlled Congress debates the upcoming federal budget. Activists looking to team up with their elected officials to make the case against any cuts to SNAP attended a presentation held

Thousands in Boston Gather to Protest at March for Science

The Boston Common was filled with thousands of people protesting for science on Saturday afternoon. The event, which was originally planned to be a march, was changed to a protest due to the overwhelming size of attendees. Although the website emphasized that the gathering would be nonpartisan, many of the speakers voiced concerns about President

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