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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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What to Do About New England’s Affordable Housing Crisis

In a session that ended earlier this month, Connecticut legislators voted to relax a controversial state law geared toward creating more affordable housing in the state. No one is arguing that Connecticut and New England need more affordable housing. The region – from Portland, Maine, to Stamford, Connecticut – is struggling with offering an array of housing choices that won’t break the bank.

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Homeless, Addicted, and Overcoming a Long History of Neglect

When he leaves his apartment in Hartford, Connecticut’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood, Reggie Moton, 62, has two choices. He can turn right to Farmington Avenue, where he knows he can find people who could sell him drugs. Or he can turn left, and go to Asylum Avenue — which, though it’s a busy street, doesn’t have the same business traffic.

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A Young Couple’s Search Narrows For A Diverse Town in New England

OPINION The Burkes – Rob and Chrissy – want to buy a home. On the surface, their home-ownership goals are pretty standard. They want something in the $250,000 range. They’d consider buying a two-family house; they’d live in one unit and rent the other while they socked away enough money for a single family home.…

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Marching For A Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Son — And Myself

At 8 a.m. this past Saturday, women took over car after car of a suburban commuter train, transforming that perfunctory downtown ride into 20 minutes of pure joy and purpose. We were headed to the Boston Common, one of the hundreds of satellite women’s marches taking place in all 50 states and 70 countries. At that moment we didn’t know that our message of love, hope and equality was about to resonate across seven continents. We only knew that we intended to reach out to each other across space and time to hold hands literally and metaphorically.

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