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Material Aid and Advocacy Program
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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.

Jim Stewart
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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.

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter
Cambridge

Harvard Square Homeless Shelter

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

City Council Candidates Discuss Affordable Housing Ahead of Upcoming Election

Nine candidates for Cambridge City Council addressed how they would tackle affordable housing — a likely high-profile campaign issue ahead of this November’s election — at a candidate forum Sunday.

Y2Y
Harvard Square

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.

Y2Y
Harvard in the City

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.

Massachusetts State House
Harvard in the City

Proposed Mass. Bill Would Make PILOT Payments Mandatory for Harvard, Other Institutions

The Massachusetts House is considering a bill that would make the previously optional payments which supplanted city property taxes for nonprofits such as Harvard mandatory.

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
School of Public Health

Health Care Experts Discuss Technological Interventions to Tackle Veteran Homelessness at HSPH Seminar

Two healthcare experts affiliated with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs discussed how mobile phone technology can be deployed to tackle veteran homelessness at a Harvard School of Public Health seminar on Wednesday.

Cambridge Department of Public Health
Cambridge

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.

Sandel and Paulsell at First Church Fundraiser
Cambridge

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
Homelessness

Y2Y

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

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

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.

Project Right to Housing rally Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler
Cambridge City Council

Housing Advocates Urge Cambridge Residents to Endorse Non-Congregate Shelters at Upcoming City Council Meeting

In advance of the Cambridge City Council meeting on Monday, a group of housing advocates distributed flyers to more than 1,200 households on Sunday urging residents to give public comment in support of “non-congregate” shelters.

Harvard Square Community Fridge
Harvard Square

Harvard Square Community Fridge Targets Food Insecurity in Cambridge

The Harvard Square Business Association collaborated with the mutual aid initiative Cambridge Community Fridge to bring a community fridge to Harvard Square in early January.

Biden Local Government Graphic
City Politics

Cambridge Leaders Look to Biden Administration for Renewed Local Support in Growing Crises

During a tumultuous four years under the administration of Donald J. Trump, local leaders have dealt with the fallout of how its policies trickled down into the lives of Cambridge residents. While Covid-19 and economic fallout raged nationally, the city’s top issues — homelessness, food insecurity, and small business erosion — have all been exacerbated.

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