Downtown Boston Rotary Holds Sock Drive For Local Homeless Shelters

“We cannot raise $50,000 to build new classrooms, but what we can do is get socks,” said an organizer of the drive.

Harvard Square

Furniture Nonprofit To Move To Square

Furnishing Hope—a nonprofit that provides furniture to help with the transition out of homelessness—is due to open in Harvard Square next month.

Metro News

Youth Homeless Center Could Close After Budget Cuts

After severe state budget cuts, youth homeless center Youth on Fire is at risk of shutting down if it does not receive more money from the government this month.

Harvard Square

Checking In With Y2Y: A Year in Review

Last December, a group of Harvard students, professors, and alumni joined forces to launch the nation’s first student-run youth homeless shelter. But Y2Y had a rocky beginning.

The Garage
Harvard Square

With Some Square Businesses Closed, Homeless Population Forced to Relocate

With Au Bon Pain closed for construction, some of Harvard Square's homeless have looked for new places to spend their days. For some, the Garage in Harvard Square has filled this gap.


As Temperatures Drop, Homeless Shelters Face Challenges

A recent blizzard and cold temperatures have proved challenging for Cambridge’s homeless population.


As Strike Continues, Dining Halls Donate Less to Youth Homeless Shelter

Student volunteers at the Y2Y overnight homeless shelter in Harvard Square were concerned earlier this week by a reduction in food donations from Harvard’s dining halls because of the ongoing strike.


At Y2Y’s Zumbathon, Dancing Students Raise Money for Youth Homeless Shelter

​Braving dreary weather, dozens of students gathered Saturday in the Science Center Plaza to dance and raise money at Zumbathon, a charity event for the student-run youth homeless shelter Y2Y.

Visual Arts

Youth Shelter Displays Art Exhibition

Aiming to bring awareness to youth homelessness through artwork, the Y2Y homeless shelter hosted an art exhibition on Saturday as part of this weekend’s Arts First Festival.

Spare Change
Harvard Square

Spare Change

A seller of the Spare Change Empathy Project sits in the Harvard Square T Station with his newspapers.

Housing Awareness Week

Housing Awareness Week

A public art piece about homeless people’s thoughts on their situations in situated between the Science Center and Memorial Hall. The piece is part of Housing Awareness Week, a project of the Phillips Brooks House Association.

Spare Change
Cambridge Schools

Students to Step Into Shoes of Homeless Newspaper Vendors

Two local high school students are planning the Empathy Project, an initiative to raise awareness of homeless newspaper vendors on May 7, with the support of the Harvard Square Business Association.

Construction Continues
Student Life

Posters Critique Impact of Smith Center Construction on Homeless

​Posters inquiring “Who took our space?” and “Where is Brian?” littered the temporary construction fences surrounding the Smith Campus Center this weekend as part of a Harvard Graduate School of Design student’s efforts to start a conversation about how current renovations may affect life in Harvard Square.

Back on My Feet

Taking Small Steps: A Run with Back On My Feet Boston

The organizations is aimed at fighting homelessness through a combination of extending community resources and promoting fitness.


Assessing and Aspiring on Homelessness

Given the understandable limits on how much students can do to solve the homelessness problem, the responsibility of confronting it in the Square lies with larger, more capable institutions like Harvard.