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

July 17, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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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We Must Not Go Back to the Bad, Old Days of Homelessness

May 18, 2017

Get ready for the future: activists and advocates say there’s a storm coming of increase in states’ homeless populations.

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Homeless, Addicted, and Overcoming a Long History of Neglect

April 21, 2017

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

March 22, 2017

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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Counting The People Who Are Homeless — Including The Young

February 22, 2017

On a cold and rainy night in January, about 70 volunteers gathered in the hall of First Presbyterian Church in New Haven for a ziti dinner, a quick training and a lot of encouragement.

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

January 24, 2017

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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Do You Like Your Neighborhood? Help The Burkes Find A Diverse One

January 24, 2017

It’s tough to judge a place to live. The Burkes would like your help. They’re looking for input while they look for that perfect starter home in a diverse New England neighborhood.

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Homelessness Is Not A Crime

January 4, 2017

In the last few years, towns around New England have passed and enforced laws meant to keep people who are homeless moving away from certain neighborhoods and businesses.

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Working Alongside, And Speaking Up For, The Undocumented

December 5, 2016

Before moving to the United States, Lili was a department head at the Technical University of Chihuaha, Mexico. She managed budgets and had eight employees who reported to her directly.

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