Homelessness

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
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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
Boston

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.

Editorials

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.

Break Down
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Break Down

Shayne A. Lozano '18 and Jorge A. Ledesma '19 stack chairs as they break down Y2Y in the morning after most guests had left. After the shelter closes each morning at 8, volunteers clean the space for the following night.

"Pods"
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"Pods"

Bunk beds, also known as "pods," line the back wall of Y2Y. The bunk beds are designed with the purpose of giving guests a sense of privacy while also being readily accessible to volunteers.

Jayzena Hernandez
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Jayzena Hernandez

"It feels like home," says Jayzena Hernandez, who recently had a 30-night stay at Y2Y.

Box of Socks
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Box of Socks

Guests at Y2Y can choose clothes from a row of cabinets which store clothes, ranging from business attire to winter coats and socks.

Clothes Cabinet
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Clothes Cabinet

Guests at Y2Y can choose clothes from a row of cabinets which store clothes, ranging from business attire to winter coats and socks.

Box of Socks
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Clothing for Y2Y Guests

Y2Y's Common Area
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Y2Y's Common Area

Hope Is Here
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Hope Is Here

A sign reading "Hope is Here" welcomes guests to Y2Y, a recently opened shelter for homeless youth in Harvard Square.

A Bright Future
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A Bright Future

"I have a sense of hope. Even though I'm going through what I'm going through, I still see a bright future ahead of me," explained Ayisha Monique Eddins, 22, a guest at Y2Y. Eddins hopes to pursue a career in psychology.