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The envelope arrived in my mailbox a couple of weeks before Christmas. It had a green stripe at the top and in big bold letters alerted me that I needed to open it immediately. Inside the envelope, I found a letter letting me know that my health insurance under MassHealth—which is the Massachusetts Medicaid program—would

Cambridge Opioid Working Group’s Report Proposes Solutions to Crisis

In late November the Cambridge Opioid Working Group released a report detailing the impact of the opioid epidemic on the city and offering local solutions to the crisis. The report, titled “Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Cambridge,” also recommended nine steps for local leadership to follow, highlighting a need to reduce stigma, reduce harm and

Bay State Consumers ‘Overcharged’ Billions by Utilities?

Photo Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons A new report says two utility companies have inflated their energy costs for customers in Massachusetts and other New England states. The allegations are being made in a new white paper by the Environmental Defense Fund. Craig Altemose, master of public policy for the group 350 Mass for a Better Future,

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

At Final HYPET Meeting of 2016, Advocates Talk Midterm State Budget Cuts, Homeless Bill of Rights

Representatives from across Massachusetts met on Dec. 8 for the year’s final Homeless Youth Providers Engaging Together (HYPET) meeting, a monthly discussion that brings together youth and young adult advocates to trade information about policy, trends and programming. The gathering was held at Bridge Over Troubled Waters, an organization that provides support services to runaway

Senate and Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless criticize budget cuts

Republican governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker has drawn criticism from the Democratic Senate and other organizations for his unilateral budget cuts. The cuts, allowed by section 9C of the Massachusetts Legislature, have drastically cut funding to many public programs in the upcoming year’s budget. After deficient sales tax revenue of it’s the administration’s projection, Massachusetts

Baker-Polito Administration to Help With Funding to Affordable Housing Development

Gov. Charlie Baker announced a plan to create or preserve 1,420 rental units, including 1,334 affordable units, across 16 Massachusetts communities on August 15. The Department of Housing and Community Development awarded $31 million in state and federal low-income housing tax credits, which are expected to generate more than $218 million in equity, for the


Governor Baker signs bill protecting against gender-based wage discrimination

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that ensures equal pay for comparable work equal salary opportunities for all Massachusetts workers, the Governor’s office said in a press release August 1. The new law, An Act to Establish Pay Equity, aims to protect employees against gender based wage discrimination, the release read. The bill

Workforce Housing Program Receives $100 Million MassHousing Investment

Governor Charlie Baker announced a $100 million MassHousing fund for a new Workforce Housing program, aimed at supporting families that fall in between the low class and middle classes May 11. The objective of the Workforce Housing program is to assist individuals and families between 61% to 120% of area median income (AMI) by providing


Governor Baker releases $2.5 Million to Combate Heroin and Opioid Epidemic

Governor Charles Baker has proposed $2.5 million dollars in awards to help combat this illness earlier this month. This funding release will allow criminal justice agencies, District Attorneys, Sheriffs, funding to combat this affliction, Baker’s office said in a press release issued on February 1. One piece of this funding is to provide additional beds