Learning From The AIDS Housing Crisis

November 21, 2017

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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Closing Homeless Shelters For The Right Reasons

September 21, 2017

This summer, the people at New Haven, Connecticut’s Careways Shelter for Women and Children, made a stunning announcement. After 27 years, the 10-bed emergency shelter’s doors would close – once the shelter residents had been placed in either temporary shelters or permanent homes.


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

August 25, 2017

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

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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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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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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New England’s Short, But Busy, Giving Season

November 17, 2016

Over the last week or so, your inbox and mailbox has been filling with requests for donations from non-profit organizations. Oxfam International, Doctors Without Borders, your local food bank and homeless shelter all depend on year-end generosity to meet their budgets.

This is the Giving Season. We give the most this time of year in part because we’re coming up on the holidays, when many religious faiths encourage charity. – though for Muslims, the giving season centers around Ramadan, in the fall.

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