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New England News
6:34 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Activists Mark 10-year Anniversary Of Tent City

Anti-poverty activists rally on the site where a tent city for the homeless sprang up on May 13, 2004.
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Anti-poverty activists gathered in Springfield, Massachusetts today at the site where a tent city for the homeless sprang up 10 years ago.

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.

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New England News
12:37 pm
Sun April 20, 2014

Hike In State Funding Sought For Homeless Services

William Miller, executive director of the Friends of the Homeless Shelter and Resource Center in Springfield, MA
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A statewide coalition of 30 organizations that assist homeless individuals in Massachusetts is lobbying the state legislature for an increase in funding.  State funding for their programs has remained stagnant for more than a decade.    WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with William Miller, executive director of  Friends of the Homeless in Springfield.

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New England News
3:49 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Jobs Program For Homeless Families Hailed

Elected officials applaud participants in the Secure Jobs Connect program during a gathering at Holyoke Community College. Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Stanley Rosenberg is at the podium
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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.

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New York News
12:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Community Leaders Seeking Code Blue Program For Saratoga Springs

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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.

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.

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.

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New England News
5:40 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Massachusetts Official Says Progress Is Being Made In Moving Homeless Families From Motels

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There has been a big drop in the number of homeless families staying in motels at taxpayer expense in Massachusetts.  The state’s top housing official is confident a goal can be met to completely end the controversial practice.

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New England News
5:50 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Pilot Program To Help Homeless Secure Jobs

A workforce development program for homeless families has been launched in western Massachusetts with the help of a major grant from a charitable foundation.  

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North Country News
5:55 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Vermont Church Sees Opposition to Accept Homeless

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.

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New England News
6:35 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Massachusetts To Stop Sheltering Homeless In Motels

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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.  Aaron Gornstein, the Undersecretary of  The Department of  Housing and Community Development  said eliminating the motel system is in the best interest of taxpayers and homeless families.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Wed January 2, 2013

"Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope"

Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the country providing shelter, food and crisis care to homeless, and runaway youth. The book, Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, tells the stories of six kids from Covenant House.

We speak about the book with Tina Kelley.

New England News
6:13 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Springfield Gas Explosion Adds To Homeless Population

A worker boards up windows at the apartment building for low income people owned by Friends of the Homeless. It was damaged by the natural gas explosion in Springfield MA
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The natural gas explosion in downtown Springfield Massachusetts last week dealt a blow to the homeless.  There is a shortage of beds at a time of year when demand for accommodations typically increases.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

An 18 room single occupancy apartment building for low income tenants and  a 60 bed nighttime shelter for the homeless were damaged by the blast and ordered by building inspectors to close pending repairs.

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