Author: Andrew Felper

  • Baker and Coakley Face Off in WGBH Gubernatorial Debate

    Baker and Coakley Face Off in WGBH Gubernatorial Debate

    BRIGHTON, Mass.—“Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.” That was former Harvard Pilgrim CEO and current Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker’s answer to the televised debate’s last question, “Who would play you and Martha Coakley in the film version of this campaign?” Baker’s response elicited a chuckle from the roughly 100 audience members at the WGBH Studios […]

  • James Shearer: Spare Change News’ Co-Founder Looks Toward What’s Next

    James Shearer: Spare Change News’ Co-Founder Looks Toward What’s Next

    James Shearer is perched on the edge of his chair – a red Coca-Cola can in his right hand, his left hand motioning constantly as he speaks. At the moment, he is talking about his life after Spare Change News, and he is excited. “What’s coming next is going to be hard, but it’s going […]

  • Bill Languishes in State House while Homeless Youth Wait

    Bill Languishes in State House while Homeless Youth Wait

    BOSTON, Mass.—For many Massachusetts teenagers, the basics of a stable life­­­­­­­­­­­­­ – a bed, three meals a day, regular access to health services – are a given, and often easy to take for granted. However, for the more than 6,000 high school students who are homeless and on their own in one the nation’s most […]

  • Cambridge Nonprofit Ending Service Program as HUD Cuts Funds

    Cambridge Nonprofit Ending Service Program as HUD Cuts Funds

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Since 1990, Cambridge’s homeless population has had an ally in the Community Learning Center’s (CLC) Project LIFT program, which offers Adult Basic Education, GED, and ESOL classes to the city’s homeless adults.  Students can be taken in  and assigned an advisor immediately, not having to wait for the monthly intake and orientation. They can […]