Homeless rates for LGBT teens are alarming, but parents can make a difference

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I will never forget the father who told me, on a first date, about his transgender son, who was assigned female gender at birth but identifies as male. What stuck with me most wasn’t the fact that he had a transgender child, but the affectionate way he described his relationship with his son. He told me about how his teenager, who identifies as a lesbian, came to him one night and explained that she was a he. Read the rest of this article here.

An innovative, practical solution for preserving the health and well-being of the homeless

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On any given night, nearly 20,000 people in Massachusetts will find themselves bedding down on the streets or sleeping in an emergency shelter. Homelessness is one of the most troubling problems facing the Commonwealth, and there is a wealth of evidence that it is likely to have negative consequences for the health and well-being of those it affects. Read the rest of this article here.

Homeless advocates urge state to spend $50M on homeless care

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The homeless population in Massachusetts has grown over the past 20-years, but the funding to care for them, hasn’t.

That’s according to a letter a group of homeless advocates sent lawmakers this week, urging them to invest $50-million on theHomeless Individuals Assistance budget line item in next year’s budget. The line item funds 40 organizations that care for homeless people in Massachusetts.

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WGBH: Homelessness Knows No Season

Many people feel compassion for men and women experiencing homelessness during a Massachusetts winter—when mountains of snow and bitterly cold temperatures can threaten the lives of people trying to get by and living on the street.

Now that spring is finally setting in, it’s easier to forget that the need for services—shelter, a warm meal, job training, health care—continue all year long

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Spare Change News:Homeless Advocates Express Disappointment over Senate State Budget

 

Homelessness service providers across the Commonwealth are concerned they could face a tough year ahead, as the state budget proposal cuts nearly $800,000 from funds for the assistance of homeless individuals.

On Tuesday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2017. The committee allocated about $44 million to line item 7004-0102, which funds more than three dozen organizations contracted by the state to provide services to homeless individuals.

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