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By adamg - 11/11/22 - 9:34 am
Rendering of proposed 900 Morrissey Blvd apartments

Rendering by BWA Architecture.

Pine Street Inn and the Community Builders have filed plans with the BPDA to convert the Comfort Inn at 900 Morrissey Blvd. into a 104-unit apartment building with ground-floor retail space. Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/22 - 4:09 pm

A columnist for the San Francisco Examiner who is in for the NBA finals waxes lyrical at how much more welcoming downtown Boston is to world-class people such as himself than its SF equivalent, which he credits in large part to the way Boston banishes all its homeless to some distant area called Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 9/28/21 - 11:58 am
New rendering of Wales Street proposal

Rendering by Studio G Architects.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today unanimously approved a non-profit group's plan to replace a crumbling 10-unit apartment building at 37 Wales St. with a new four-story building with 20 apartments for families coming out of homelessness. Read more.

By adamg - 9/30/20 - 11:04 am
Architect's rendering of Wales Street proposal

Rendering by Studio G Architects.

Heading Home, Inc., has filed plans with the BPDA to build a five-story, 23-unit apartment at 37 Wales St. in Dorchester for families trying to get out of homelessness. Read more.

By adamg - 8/25/20 - 2:50 pm

An analysis of the genetic makeup of Covid-19 samples from the early days of the pandemic in Massachusetts suggests a two-day conference at the Marriott Long Wharf provided the spark that set off a Covid-19 conflagration in a state not yet fully prepared to deal with it. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/20 - 8:24 am

WBUR gives us a tour of the "respite shelter" at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for people who have tested positive for Covid-19 who have no or only very mild symptoms but who want to self isolate.

By adamg - 4/28/20 - 9:14 am

DigBoton takes us inside the East Newton Pavillion, a closed Boston Medical Center building that was re-opened to provide a place for homeless people to stay as they recover from Covid-19.

The building had been slated to be turned into the new inpatient facility for the Shattuck Hospital before the current crisis.

By adamg - 4/15/20 - 9:46 am

WBUR reports on the results of "universal" Covid-19 testing at the Pine Street Inn - a high rate of positive results among people who are mostly not showing any symptoms. Because the Pine Street Inn is in 02118, that explains why the South End now has the city's highest rate of infection. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 9:45 pm

City Manager Louis DePasquale announced tonight that the city will convert the War Memorial Recreation Center and garage at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School into a temporary shelter for the homeless - one large enough to be split into three areas, one for people with confirmed Covid-19 diagnoses who don't need hospitalization, one for people who are showing symptoms but have yet to get test results and a third for symptomless people who want to get off the street. Read more.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 12:36 pm

Boston tomorrow re-opens the long shuttered Kindred Hospital at 1515 Commonwealth Ave. in Brighton to house homeless people in need of isolation who don't need more intensive hospital care - and will use a Suffolk University dorm for housing the homeless, Mayor Walsh said today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/20 - 11:33 pm

WBUR reports on Gov. Baker's decision to open the Newton Pavilion in the South End as a place to care for homeless people who need less intensive Covid-19-related medical care than what they'd get in the neighboring Boston Medical Center. Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/20 - 9:11 pm

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis. DePasquale announced today they're signing contracts with several restaurants in Harvard and Central squares to cook meals for the city's homeless population, at a time when local homeless shelters are having trouble with staffing for their own kitchens. Read more.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 8:50 am

The Harvard Crimson reports.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 2:43 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that the city is working closely with homeless organizations to ensure their clients continued to get services - and that they have already started watching out for any possible Covid-19 cases. Read more.

By adamg - 11/13/19 - 4:18 pm

Aline Kaplan, who started giving Boston bus tours to cruise-ship passengers this fall, reports tourists keep asking her where Boston's homeless are, and that's gotten her to thinking.

By adamg - 1/1/18 - 11:52 am

In his inauguration speech today, Mayor Walsh announced a four-year, $10-million fundraising effort to build 200 units of "supportive, sustainable, long-term housing for chronically homeless men and women."

The fund has been launched in partnership with Pine Street Inn and Bank of America - which donated $250,000 to the effort.

By adamg - 11/4/15 - 3:49 pm

Erin Butcher, artistic director of Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company explains why performing in Somerville's Powder House Park means she will never do all-female outdoor performances again:

Vaguely, in the back of my head I must have known that a few homeless fellows would populate a public park in summer every now and then. But I really didn’t think much of it. I would be there every day anyway if there were any problems, and I had very rarely ever been approached by any homeless people in Somerville in my 4 years of living there… so it would be fine….

It was not fine. ...

By adamg - 6/25/15 - 10:23 am

The Globe reports on Mayor Walsh's plans for "an ambitious multimillion-dollar plan to end homelessness among veterans this year and to end chronic homelessness by 2018."

By SCATV Somerville - 8/3/14 - 8:01 pm

From SNN #20 - 7/29/14: New Home Helps Vets Get on Track

Somerville, MA, July 29 – “It was really hard to come back,” the veteran explained, quietly. “My whole family was telling me that I was someone different, someone that basically they didn’t recognize. You come back and you just try to live a normal life, and it’s not really possible to do that.”

Military veterans face terrible odds when they return from conflict. A recent study from Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) noted that 53 percent of those polled say they have a mental health injury.

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