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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The Salem News: Once Homeless, Local Shelter President Vows to Help

Once homeless, shelter president vows to help

Thomas Holland was 16 when he told his mother he wanted to move to San Francisco. His mother, assuming he meant after he graduated from high school, did not seem too upset by the idea.

“Then I said, ‘Mom, no, I’m leaving tomorrow,’” Holland said.

The next day, Holland walked out the door with a change of clothes, $10 in cash and a carton of cigarettes and hitchhiked across the country. For the next 14 years, he slept on beaches, park benches and strangers’ couches from San Francisco to New Orleans to Omaha and New York City.

 

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Boston Globe: Boston schools to bolster services for homeless students

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The Boston school system plans to launch a $1 million initiative to provide more services and support for the approximately 3,000 students who are experiencing homelessness.

The initiative is part of Superintendent Tommy Chang’s proposed budget for the next school year, which he is scheduled to present to the School Committee Wednesday night.

 

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