There are three major structural problems out of the control of impoverished individuals that best explain the rise of homelessness in Massachusetts: savage cuts to our state mental health system, an economy that creates large numbers of bad low-wage jobs, and the destruction of affordable housing.
In the interest of reminding readers that the promise of Long Island is still a life or death issue, some cogent testimonies from Monday’s Boston Homeless Solidarity Committee speakout
FALL BACK, PROTESTS AHEAD: OCTOBER IS FOR ACTIVISM
With another cold front coming, the city doesn’t only need a better plan
Earlier this year, DigBoston contributor Bill Hayduke visited the homeless shelter on Long Island for two nights in writing a feature about life there that continues to find thousands of new readers in Boston and beyond on a weekly basis. Since the reception has been so strong, we have asked him to continue following the story as the shelter has been closed, and as hundreds scramble for a warm place to stay this winter.
There’s no way a relatively privileged middle-class reporter could actually know what life is like on Long Island without staying there. And so in June, that’s exactly what I did.