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Harvard Square

Former Mechanic, Member of Square Homeless Community Dies at 58

Melvin Jenkins, known by students and frequenters of Harvard Square as a warm and friendly man, died on June 16 in Massachusetts General Hospital.

Ken and Earlene “Frenchie” French
Homelessness

Ken and Earlene “Frenchie” French

Earlene “Frenchie” French pets her dog Penny while panhandling with her partner, Ken O’Brien. O’Brien said that Penny is the second dog he has had while on the street, and that caring for a pet has motivated him to stay sober.

Justin
Homelessness

Justin

Justin Newton, 33, panhandles on Mass. Ave. Newton, who has been homeless for over two years, said he tries to make creative signs.

Harley
Homelessness

Harley

After a dispute with her mother, three years ago, Harley, 19, left home, adopting the “gypsy” lifestyle and traveling from one East Coast city to the next.

Jade
Homelessness

Jade

Jade Hosie stops on Mass. Ave. while on her way to CASPAR in Central Square to take a shower. Hosie, a Buffalo native, has lived on the streets of Harvard Square for over 10 months and finds herself depressed by what she has seen.

Ken and Earlene “Frenchie” French
The Square

On the Streets, the Square’s Homeless Tell Their Stories

The homeless experience in the Square varies widely.

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Homelessness

Youth Homelessness in the Square

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Harvard Square

For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

Though homeless youths in Cambridge have the best chance of avoiding chronic homelessness, they also are among the most vulnerable.

Ken and Frenchie
On Campus

Today in Photos (04/08/14)

Ken and Frenchie
On Campus

Ken and Frenchie

Ken, left, and Frenchie, right, ask for spare change with their dog Penny outside clothier J. August. Ken ran an outdoor book store on the sidewalk of Massachusetts Ave. for eight years before having to shut down in 2013.

Ken and Frenchie
Harvard Square

Harvard Square Store Owners, Homeless Population Follow Unspoken Agreement

Though many store owners and others affiliated with Harvard Square business positively characterize their relationship with the homeless, some cite concerns about the impact of the visible homeless population on the shopping experience.

Bread & Jams
Homelessness

Bread & Jams

Bread & Jams, located at 50 Quincy Street in the basement of the Swedenborg Chapel, provides homeless people with basic food and clothing needs as a self-advocacy center.

Bread & Jams
Undergraduate Council

Today in Photos (03/10/2014)

Bread & Jams
Harvard Square

Pantry’s Closure Will Leave Void in Harvard Square Daytime Homeless Services

Bread and Jams, a drop-in shelter that serves the daytime needs of Harvard Square’s homeless population, will be forced to shut its doors on March 25 after decades in operation after recent changes in federal funding for homelessness services.

Homeless in Harvard Square
Harvard in the City

Homelessness Advocates Plan To Open Youth Shelter in Square

Samuel G. Greenberg ’14 and Sarah A. Rosenkrantz ’14, co-directors of the the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter’s Youth Initiative, appealed to the Harvard community Monday night for support in their campaign to open a youth homeless shelter in Harvard Square within the year.

A World Cup Malcontent
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A World Cup Malcontent

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Then Rain Comes

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Rainy Day Impression

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Saudade, or Nostalgia