MassLive: Springfield dispute over homeless apartments spreads from Housing Court to Massachusetts building code experts

By Peter Goonan SPRINGFIELD — A dispute between the city and the Center for Human Development regarding homeless housing in lower Forest Park, has spread from the halls of Housing Court to an appeal before a state board that oversees the building code. Specifically, CHD, a nonprofit agency that provides shared (co-shelter) apartments for the homeless,Continue reading MassLive: Springfield dispute over homeless apartments spreads from Housing Court to Massachusetts building code experts

MassLive: Massachusetts House passes $350 million supplemental budget, includes funding for snow and ice removal, homeless shelters

By Shira Schoenberg BOSTON — The Massachusetts House on Wednesday passed a supplemental budget that includes $347.7 million in additional spending this year, to make up for budget shortfalls in areas like snow and ice removal and health insurance claims for state employees. “They were items that were not unexpected and were fairly typical forContinue reading MassLive: Massachusetts House passes $350 million supplemental budget, includes funding for snow and ice removal, homeless shelters

Patriot Ledger: OUR OPINION: Baker’s plan for homeless families good first step

By Patriot Ledger Staff Finally, Massachusetts has a governor who has a viable plan to help end – or at least mitigate – family homelessness. We were impressed when candidate Charlie Baker spoke knowledgeably in an editorial board meeting about about the plight of homeless families in Massachusetts and his desire to solve the problemContinue reading Patriot Ledger: OUR OPINION: Baker’s plan for homeless families good first step

NEPR: Baker Not First Governor To Tackle Homelessness, But Will He Be The First To Succeed?

by: Sarah Birnbaum During his campaign for Massachusetts governor — and after — Charlie Baker made homelessness a cornerstone issue. “Some of our toughest challenges have been ignored and lost amid the successes,” Baker said in his inaugural address. “Or have become the equivalent of kicking a can down the road because they’re not politicallyContinue reading NEPR: Baker Not First Governor To Tackle Homelessness, But Will He Be The First To Succeed?

WGBH: Baker’s Homelessness Plan Is Much The Same As Patrick’s — But It Just Might Work

By Sarah Birnbaum Gov. Charlie Baker laid out a seemingly intractable problem at at a press conference this week. “The simple truth of the matter is when family homelessness has been falling nationally, it’s been increasing in Massachusetts,” Baker said. “To the point where the amount family homelessness in Massachusetts is a human tragedy that clearlyContinue reading WGBH: Baker’s Homelessness Plan Is Much The Same As Patrick’s — But It Just Might Work

The Boston Globe: Boston takes a census of its homeless population

By Jeremy C. Fox More than 300 city officials and volunteers, led by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, braved the winter cold Wednesday night and walked the streets of Boston to conduct the annual count of homeless residents. For Boston’s homeless population, this season’s record-breaking snowstorms, low temperatures, and the loss of an important homeless shelterContinue reading The Boston Globe: Boston takes a census of its homeless population