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Three students at the Harvard Graduate School of Education are approaching the problem of homelessness in a different way.
Boston’s Emergency Shelter Commission conducted its 35th annual Point-in-Time count of homeless people on Feb. 25, 2015 after heavy snowfall caused difficulty for volunteers to reach all areas on Jan. 29, 2015 for the initial set date of the count.
Called “Point-in-Time,” the census, required of any areas receiving funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, counts both homeless individuals residing in shelters and those unsheltered.
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.