homeless http://wamc.org en Activists Mark 10-year Anniversary Of Tent City http://wamc.org/post/activists-mark-10-year-anniversary-tent-city <p>Anti-poverty activists gathered in Springfield, Massachusetts today at the site where a tent city for the homeless sprang up 10 years ago.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> About 50 people rallied on the lawn in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral -- the mother church of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese – in the city center where the homeless encampment dubbed “Sanctuary City” started on May 13, 2004.</p> Tue, 13 May 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 90349 at http://wamc.org Activists Mark 10-year Anniversary Of Tent City Hike In State Funding Sought For Homeless Services http://wamc.org/post/hike-state-funding-sought-homeless-services <p> A statewide coalition of 30 organizations that assist homeless individuals in Massachusetts is lobbying the state legislature for an increase in funding.&nbsp; State funding for their programs has remained stagnant for more than a decade.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with William Miller, executive director of&nbsp; Friends of the Homeless in Springfield.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:37:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 88476 at http://wamc.org Hike In State Funding Sought For Homeless Services Jobs Program For Homeless Families Hailed http://wamc.org/post/jobs-program-homeless-families-hailed <p>A pilot program in western Massachusetts to place homeless people in permanent jobs so that they can eventually leave shelters has far exceeded its first- year goal. The state’s top housing official announced funding will be available to attempt to replicate the program’s success in other regions of the state.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 20:49:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 81620 at http://wamc.org Jobs Program For Homeless Families Hailed Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs http://wamc.org/post/community-leaders-seeking-code-blue-program-saratoga-springs <p>Community leaders in Saratoga Springs are seeking to establish a Code Blue program, just days after a woman succumbed to the elements outside the Saratoga Senior Center on a freezing night.</p><p>During the recent cold snap, 54-year-old Nancy Pitts died outside the Saratoga Senior Center. Now officials are working to prevent similar deaths in the future.</p><p>Mayor-elect Joanne Yepsen is leading the charge to establish a Code Blue program in Saratoga Springs. During a Code Blue alert, emergency shelters open their doors to anyone when the temperature dips below 10 degrees.</p><p></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:13:11 +0000 Lucas Willard 80334 at http://wamc.org Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs Massachusetts Official Says Progress Is Being Made In Moving Homeless Families From Motels http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-official-says-progress-being-made-moving-homeless-families-motels <p>There has been a big drop in the number of homeless families staying in motels at taxpayer expense in Massachusetts.&nbsp; The state’s top housing official is confident a goal can be met to completely end the controversial practice.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 63425 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Official Says Progress Is Being Made In Moving Homeless Families From Motels Pilot Program To Help Homeless Secure Jobs http://wamc.org/post/pilot-program-help-homeless-secure-jobs <p>A workforce development program for homeless families has been launched in western Massachusetts with the help of a major grant from a charitable foundation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:50:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 59160 at http://wamc.org Pilot Program To Help Homeless Secure Jobs Vermont Church Sees Opposition to Accept Homeless http://wamc.org/post/vermont-church-sees-opposition-accept-homeless <p>A Vermont church that houses preschool children is getting some opposition from parents over its proposal to act as a homeless shelter in the winter. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:55:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 55116 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts To Stop Sheltering Homeless In Motels http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-stop-sheltering-homeless-motels <p></p><p></p><p>The state aims to phase out the use of motel rooms as emergency shelters for homeless families over the next 18 months and halt the program completely by June 30, 2014.&nbsp; Aaron Gornstein, the Undersecretary of&nbsp; The Department of &nbsp;Housing and Community Development&nbsp; said eliminating the motel system is in the best interest of taxpayers and homeless families.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 23:35:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 54940 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts To Stop Sheltering Homeless In Motels "Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope" http://wamc.org/post/almost-home-helping-kids-move-homelessness-hope <p>Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the country providing shelter, food and crisis care to homeless, and runaway youth. The book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1118230477/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1118230477">Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1118230477" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>, tells the stories of six kids from Covenant House.</p><p>We speak about the book with Tina Kelley.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 54892 at http://wamc.org "Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope" Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population http://wamc.org/post/springfield-gas-explosion-adds-homeless-population <p>The natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Massachusetts last week dealt a blow to the homeless.&nbsp; There is a shortage of beds at a time of year when demand for accommodations typically increases.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports</p><p></p><p></p><p> An 18 room single occupancy apartment building for low income tenants and&nbsp; a 60 bed nighttime shelter for the homeless were damaged by the blast and ordered by building inspectors to close pending repairs.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 23:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 52895 at http://wamc.org Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population