Homelessness


An Emergency Shelter in Cambridge Was Meant To Be Transitory. Families Have Stayed for Weeks.

A temporary homeless shelter at the Cambridge Registry of Deeds building was only meant to house families for five to ten days. But a shortage of permanent shelter options means that most families have remained there since December.


Healey Administration Opens Shelter for Unhoused Families in Cambridge Govt. Building

The Massachusetts state government opened an overnight shelter for unhoused families in the Registry of Deeds building in East Cambridge late last month.


Harvard Students Developing App to Connect Boston’s Unhoused People with Essential Resources

Local undergraduates are developing an app to connect Greater Boston’s unhoused population to essential resources, with hopes to launch it in the coming weeks.


How Cambridge’s Unhoused Residents Endured the Record-Breaking Cold

Confronting record-breaking low temperatures earlier this month, some of Cambridge’s unhoused residents sought refuge in shelters offering extended hours last weekend, while others faced the cold.


Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Waitlist is Over 20,000 Names Long. How Did the City Get Here?

According to the Community Development Department, in 2021, Cambridge contained about 57,500 homes. Of these, around 8,500, or about 15 percent, are considered income-restricted housing. And the waitlist for these affordable homes? More than 20,000 names long. How did Cambridge get here?


After Two Years, Cambridge Neighborhood Service Project Returns to In-Person Programming

Cambridge’s Neighborhood Service Project, an initiative offering young people the opportunity to collaborate on community service projects, began its yearly programming this month — its first in-person cycle since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.


PBHA Volunteers Phone Mass. State Reps. in Support of Covid-19 Housing Equity Bill

Students in the Phillips Brooks House Association phoned Massachusetts state representatives at a Tuesday event held by the group in support of a Covid-19 housing equity bill making its way through the state legislature.


Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart, a Divinity School graduate, is the director of First Church Shelter in Cambridge. He would like to see Harvard increase its involvement in responding to the overdose crisis.


Material Aid and Advocacy Program

A display for the Material Aid and Advocacy Program sits ready to welcome people to the organization's drop-in space. The Material Aid and Advocacy Program, located in Cambridge, supports people living in poverty or experiencing homelessness.


Student-Run Homeless Shelters to Operate at Reduced Capacity This Winter

As Harvard students returned en masse to Cambridge earlier this month, Harvard student-run homeless shelters have made plans to operate at reduced bed capacity for overnight guests this fall and winter.


Student-Run Homeless Shelter Y2Y Maintains Reduced Operations Under Covid-19 Safety Measures

Y2Y Harvard Square, a youth homeless shelter staffed by Harvard students, has continued to accommodate guests under modified protocols this semester despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while also recruiting volunteers online and facilitating vaccine distribution for guests and staff.


Cambridge Officials Discuss Covid Vaccination Rollout, Hesitations from People of Color

The Cambridge Health Department hosted a virtual town hall Tuesday during which public health officers, medical experts, and government officials provided updates on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout and discussed hesitations that some people of color may have about receiving the vaccine.


Fundraiser for Cambridge’s Homeless Raises More Than $30,000 With Sandel, Paulsell as Guests

With Cambridge homeless shelters facing operational challenges due to Covid-19, the First Church in Cambridge raised more than $30,000 for two projects supporting unhoused residents during its annual fundraising gala Saturday night.


Y2Y

The Y2Y shelter operates out of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Harvard Square.


Facing Pandemic Challenges, City Council Votes to Rent Non-Congregate Homeless Shelter Space

Cambridge City Councilors passed a proposal to rent non-congregate housing for the city’s unhoused population and received an update on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout during a Wednesday meeting.


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