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With the closing of Boston’s largest homeless shelter on Long Island last October, local and temporary shelters are working to get displaced guests out of the winter weather.
The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter stays open all day when the City of Cambridge has declared a snow emergency, as the city did Monday.
The Cambridge Police Department will coordinate with area shelters to ensure the safety of Cambridge’s homeless population, facilitating “proper transportation if needed."
Participants will be volunteering at the Phillips Brooks House Association Mission Hill After-School Program on Tuesday and the Boston Living Center on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
The Long Island Shelter was the Boston area’s largest, housing more than 700 people a night. When Boston city officials closed the only bridge servicing the shelter, these people were left without a place to live.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reported last week that the homeless population in Massachusetts has experienced the third highest increase of the 50 states in the past year.
A 66-year-old homeless woman was found dead in Harvard Square early Tuesday morning, the Cambridge Police Department reported later in the day.
The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Youth Initiative, aimed at launching the first overnight shelter for youth in Cambridge, has received a grant that will support its operating costs for the next 15 years.
The toilet will be located between Harvard Yard and the Old Burying Ground and is expected to open later this fall or early next year.
Melvin Jenkins, known by students and frequenters of Harvard Square as a warm and friendly man, died on June 16 in Massachusetts General Hospital.
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 Newton, 33, panhandles on Mass. Ave. Newton, who has been homeless for over two years, said he tries to make creative signs.
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.