Tag: Marty Walsh

  • New Boston Initiative Aims to Help People in Recovery Succeed

    On Sept. 21, Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Office of Recovery Services announced the launch of the Personal Advancement for Individuals in Recovery (PAIR) initiative. It’s a pilot program that tackles housing, education, and employment by granting money to individuals who are in early recovery and looking to shape up their life from substance […]

  • Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson meet for first debate

    Marty Walsh and Tito Jackson meet for first debate

      Mayor Marty Walsh and city councilor Tito Jackson, his challenger for the corner office, finally faced off in the first mayoral debate of the election. The overall topics were safety, economic development, education, and race and diversity. The debate was held in Hibernian Hall in Dudley Square, and the Wednesday night crowd often cheered, […]

  • Bill Aimed at Protecting Renters Needs Legislative Approval

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh signed The Jim Brooks Community Stabilization Act on Oct. 6, after the Boston City Council voted to pass it on Oct. 4. The bill requires landlords to notify the city whenever they serve an eviction notice, and to provide tenants with information and resources about their legal rights. Wages for middle […]

  • 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 […]

  • Point in time count 2017

    Point in time count 2017

    At last year’s point in time count—the city’s annual homeless census where groups of volunteers physically count the homeless folks they see in the streets—Mayor Marty Walsh had recently announced the City of Boston functionally ended veteran homelessness. This year, to a crowd of 400 volunteers, he announced that two-and-a-half years of housing first initiatives […]

  • Gun Summit Convenes Amid Concerns of Gun Violence

    Gun Summit Convenes Amid Concerns of Gun Violence

    Photo by Zengzheng Wang Mayor Marty Walsh hosted the second annual Gun Violence Summit on November 19th. Mayors and Police Chiefs from 31 towns and cities throughout Massachusetts Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island were in attendance, along with representatives of Every Town for Gun Safety, Arms with Ethics, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, […]

  • LONG ISLAND: Closure and fallout timeline

    LONG ISLAND: Closure and fallout timeline

    Oct. 8: Long Island bridge closes after a private inspection. The city deems the bridge unsafe in the wake of new state requirements. Programs on the island—both health care workers and their clients—are given three hours notice. Buses on their way to the island’s shelter are turned around, bringing shelter guests to a new location. […]

  • VOICES FROM THE STREETS: Oh hell yeah

    VOICES FROM THE STREETS: Oh hell yeah

    On a rare morning last week when I had nothing to do I hastily caught a press conference by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh. Let’s cut to the chase. “If committing to signing the (host city) agreement is what’s required to move forward, then Boston is no longer pursuing the 2024 Olympics and Paralympic games,” Walsh […]

  • BID ADIEU: Boston 2024 loses, vulnerable communities win

    BID ADIEU: Boston 2024 loses, vulnerable communities win

    Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games is dead, which is a huge relief for the homeless, low-income communities and people of color. Opponents of the bid argued that these populations were most in danger of displacement and harassment should the Summer Olympics have come to town. While the Atlanta 1996 Olympics are often […]

  • VOICES FROM THE STREET: A plan, a census and a fall guy

    VOICES FROM THE STREET: A plan, a census and a fall guy

    A couple of weeks ago, the 35th annual Boston homeless census was released. Those of you who know me know how I feel about the census. I have never hidden the fact that I believe it to be inaccurate in every way. And while I hoped that every effort would be made to get this […]