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City of Cambridge moving inclusionary zoning amendment into law

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,

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

Remembering Wade Aubin

Wade died on Tuesday December 27 after a courageous battle with cancer. A memorial was held for him on January 1. He was the youngest of my mother’s children and for many years was homeless in Harvard Square, Cambridge. He suffered from alcoholism, but he’d been sober for 10-years and was living on disability in an apartment by himself in Arlington, where

Two Recognized for Their Work at Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance Annual Meeting

The Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance annual meeting this year focused on recipients Timothy Driscoll and Marylou Sudders and the work they are doing to support homeless people in the Commonwealth. Timothy Driscoll of the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, a community-based anti-poverty agency for the Metrowest area, was honored with the Ed O’Neil Award for

MassINC has “Serious Fun” Celebrating its 20th Birthday

On Dec. 1, MassINC gathered politicians, business leaders and philanthropists from Massachusetts at the Revere Hotel for its “Serious Fun”-themed 20th birthday party. More than 320 people were in attendance to celebrate MassINC’s big day. Proceeds will help the organization’s work creating opportunities for the middle class in Massachusetts through research such as its Gateway

National Coalition for the Homeless criticizes HUD homelessness count

The National Coalition for the Homeless is contesting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s latest count of the country’s homeless population. The 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, released in November, found that 549,928 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2016, a 3 percent decline from 2015. But

BPHC joins forces with State health and housing organizations to launch “Hospital to Housing”

December 13th marked the kickoff of the “Hospital to Housing” initiative, a public-private coalition formed by the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (Beacon Health Options), and the United Health Foundation. The coalition appointed five community health workers (CHWs) who will work alongside homeless resource-providers,

Sponsor a Spare Change Vendor!

If you want to help our vendors stay warm this winter, you can order them some winter gear directly though our Amazon wish list here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/1KS675B75LFP7/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1. This year we have 22 vendors who have need of winter gear that will enable them to sell papers in inclement weather. We are handling this event a bit

SCN Exclusive: Carl Bernstein on Trump, voters, and the media

In 1992, legendary journalist Carl Bernstein blasted the media for its obsession with celebrity, manufactured controversy,  gossip, and sensationalism in his article “The Idiot Culture” for the New Republic. At the time, the front pages of newspapers across the country were more focused on Donald and Ivana Trump’s divorce than they were on Nelson Mandela’s

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