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Are Millennials Reshaping The American Dream?

OPINION In the early ‘30s, James Truslow Adams, a banker turned Pulitzer-winning author, wrote a book-length paean to the U.S. titled, “The American Dream.” His publishers loved the manuscript, but the title had to go. No one, they said, would spend $3 for a book with “Dream” in the title during the Dirty Thirties, the…

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Bad Policies Could Add To The Homeless Numbers In New England

OPINION The rooms at Red Roof Plus+ in Hartford don’t have kitchens, and the families who sought shelter there after Hurricane Maria’s destruction want home-cooked meals. Since they arrived, the families have managed to borrow kitchens around the city. This evening, Carmen Cotto, who retired from Hartford and returned to her family home in Cidra…

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The Impossible (And Necessary) Task of Counting Homeless Youths

  OPINION Not long ago, Robin P. McHaelen, founder and executive director of True Colors, Inc., launched into a training for police officers from around the state. Three minutes in to the class, a man stood up, said, “This is bullshit. I’m not listening to this,” and stormed out. He was soon followed by another…

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Learning From The AIDS Housing Crisis

OPINION States struggling with the opioid crisis – and most particularly states in New England – could learn from the AIDS crisis – both what to and what not to do. Thirty years ago, people living with AIDS could easily find themselves kicked out of housing over misinformation about how the disease was spread. Out…

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A Place of Their Own: Ending Family Homelessness in New England

For the past six months, Chastity Kerr has lived at a 27-bed family shelter in Hartford, Connecticut, with her three children, ages 14, 11, and 8. Her current address, the Salvation Army’s Marshall House, is in Hartford’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood. This is the neighborhood Mark Twain once called home. So did Harriet Beecher Stowe.…

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The Challenge and Necessity of Providing Health Care for People Who Are Homeless

OPINION To prepare for an outdoor church service last month, volunteers at Shiloh Baptist Church knocked on every door within a 10-block radius of the Hartford, Connecticut church. They weren’t proselytizing, per se. Instead, they were trying to draw their Clay Arsenal neighborhood’s attention to the health fair after that June service. The fair would…

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