The MetroWest Daily News: Framingham town and org collaborate on services for homeless

By Danielle Ameden FRAMINGHAM – With the downtown day shelter closing, the town and South Middlesex Opportunity Council are vowing to continue working together on ways to end homelessness. Town Manager Bob Halpin, Police Chief Ken Ferguson and SMOC leaders Jim Cuddy and Jerry Desilets said Thursday they’re working on the problem as a team.Continue reading The MetroWest Daily News: Framingham town and org collaborate on services for homeless

Valley Advocate: Stories From the Storm: Freshly homeless and longtime street people find shelter in Springfield

By Hunter Styles Four days ago, Tomás Astacio slept outside for the first time. He found a locked, empty building on Winter Street in Springfield and climbed up to the second floor, where he spent the night on a balcony. The temperature dropped below freezing that night — 22 degrees with wind chill — butContinue reading Valley Advocate: Stories From the Storm: Freshly homeless and longtime street people find shelter in Springfield

Boston Globe: Advocates seek shelter for the homeless ahead of ferocious storm

By Andrew Ryan Advocates worked feverishly to take homeless people off Boston’s streets Monday ahead of a ferocious winter storm, even as the city continued to struggle with a shortage of emergency beds after last fall’s abrupt shuttering of the largest city-run shelter. Outreach workers in vans have been working around the clock to persuadeContinue reading Boston Globe: Advocates seek shelter for the homeless ahead of ferocious storm

MassLive: Springfield deserves fair shake on homelessness: Editorial

By The Republican Editorials The map says Springfield and Northampton are fewer than 20 miles apart, but the reality places them in much different worlds. Springfield brings all the potential associated with modern urban America, but also the challenges. Northampton has its problems as well, but it remains a tonier reflection of the college atmosphereContinue reading MassLive: Springfield deserves fair shake on homelessness: Editorial

Sentinel and Enterprise: Fitchburg shelter getting homeless off streets before storm

By Cliff Clark FITCHBURG — An emergency fund designed to prevent exposure deaths in the Twin Cities homeless population was implemented over the weekend and is expected to be in place at least through Wednesday. “We’ve gotten a dozen or so off the streets over the weekend,” said Kevin MacLean, who serves as the directorContinue reading Sentinel and Enterprise: Fitchburg shelter getting homeless off streets before storm

Boston Globe: Wareham clergy and 3 churches providing shelter to local homeless

By Rich Fahey The Wareham Area Clergy Association and three community churches are, for the seventh-straight year, providing shelter for local homeless through their Nights of Hospitality program. “It was a case where we saw a need and tried to fill it,” said the Rev. David Shaw, pastor of the Emmanuel Church of the Nazarene.Continue reading Boston Globe: Wareham clergy and 3 churches providing shelter to local homeless