Tag: Homelessness

  • Triage Tool Uses Health Care Info to House Homeless With Better Support Systems

    Mathematica Policy Research released a study demonstrating that a triage assessment tool used by the Massachusetts Shelter and Housing Alliance (MHSA) can successfully predict the emergency resource utilization of chronically homeless individuals. The MHSA partners with organizations and service providers in the state to place chronically homeless people in housing with appropriate supportive services. Since […]

  • Indigenous People and Homelessness: a Distinct and Growing Reality

    Indigenous People and Homelessness: a Distinct and Growing Reality

    Photo by Paul Fleurent Carole Lévesque is a professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) who specialises in urbanization, culture and society. Over the course of two years, she headed a team of six researchers who studied the situation of homeless indigenous people in Montreal and Val-d’Or and wrote a report on […]

  • Voices From Rosie’s Place: Live Your Dreams, Not Your Circumstances

    Voices From Rosie’s Place: Live Your Dreams, Not Your Circumstances

    Spare Change News is proud to present the next installment of “In Their Own Words,” which highlights the work of writers who meet at Rosie’s Place. In late 2014, Rosie’s Place, a community center for Boston’s poor and homeless women, started a memoir workshop. The intention was to have the guests, as they call the […]

  • Furnishing a House into a Home

    Furnishing a House into a Home

    On Saturday, Oct. 28, the nonprofit Furnishing Hope of Massachusetts cut the ribbon for its new location in Harvard Square, a bigger office than its previous location. Executive Director Suzy Palitz’s goal is to help families furnish their new house into a home. So in 2013 she started the nonprofit in Cambridge. Today Furnishing Hope […]

  • Extreme Weather Exacerbates Homelessness in Australia and New Zealand

    Extreme Weather Exacerbates Homelessness in Australia and New Zealand

    The images of Hurricane Harvey in Texas have shown how extreme weather can rob people of their homes. But what about those who have no home to begin with, or whose living situation is already precarious? Almost one-third of people who have been homeless have suffered extra trauma because of extreme weather, according to our […]

  • Evacuated Homeless Campers Return to Houston Overpass After Hurricane Harvey

    Residents living in the homeless encampment under Houston’s 59 overpass got some good news recently when they received a temporary restraining order preventing the city from enforcing its anti-camping ban. The reprieve did not last long. Within 48 hours, the residents were forced to leave anyway, as Hurricane Harvey slammed into the region. The hurricane […]

  • Bridge Over Troubled Water Opens New Transitional Home for Homeless Youth

    Bridge Over Troubled Water Opens New Transitional Home for Homeless Youth

    Photo by Alejandro Ramirez On Friday Sept. 22, Bridge Over Troubled Water opened a new expansion for a transitional home in Brighton in an effort to double the amount of housing it can offer to homeless young adults in Boston. The new house offers meals, in-house counseling and employment assistance among other services. “We don’t […]

  • Denver Homelessness Organizer Avoids Jail Time, Still on Probation

    An advocate for the homeless who was subject to a trespassing and unauthorized camping violation in Denver won’t face jail time after appearing in court and facing a possible sentence of up to 30 days behind bars. Lawyers for Terese Howard, 31, an organizer with Denver Homeless Out Loud, an organization advocating for the dignity, […]

  • Boston Courts to Homeless People: You Don’t Matter

    Boston Courts to Homeless People: You Don’t Matter

    My column this week was supposed to be about the so-called “Free Speech Rally.” It was supposed to be about the pride that swelled in my chest as my adopted hometown—which has itself faced more than enough issues when it comes to racism—overwhelmingly rejected (to the tune of 40,000 people) the same crap that engulfed […]

  • Labor Pains and Growth in Recovery

    Labor Pains and Growth in Recovery

    Spare Change News is proud to present the second installment of its new monthly feature, “In Their Own Words,” which highlights the work of writers who meet at Rosie’s Place. In late 2014, Rosie’s Place, a community center for Boston’s poor and homeless women, started a memoir workshop. The intention was to have the guests, […]