by Allan Appel | Jan 7, 2019 1:00 pm | Comments (3)
Thick socks, individual packages with cereal, peanut butter, and tissues. Protein bars, jars of instant coffee, and lots of warmth and goodwill.
Those are being gathered at Grace and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in anticipation of Monday night launch of Hamden’s first-ever winter “warming center” — a tentative first step toward helping to tackle a regional homelessness challenge primarily shouldered by New Haven.
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by Thomas Breen | Dec 17, 2018 4:42 pm | Comments (19)
Verna spent five years sleeping on the streets after she lost her manufacturing job.
Now living in her own Fair Haven apartment, she’s still haunted by the constant stress, anxiety, and humiliation she felt whenever city police asked her to move from a bench or a sidewalk grate or a stretch of grass downtown where she had managed to fall asleep.
On Monday afternoon, Verna added her voice and her story to a broader call by local homelessness advocates seeking to codify a city “bill of rights” for New Haveners without a home.
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by Christopher Peak | Dec 12, 2018 7:33 am | Comments (5)
The Street Outreach Worker program, a city-supported initiative aimed at saving young lives, is winding down at the New Haven Family Alliance. A bigger version might take its place at a new nonprofit seeking to expand gun-violence interventions to hospital emergency rooms across the state.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Dec 4, 2018 2:34 pm
The Board of Alders voted unanimously Monday in favor of a comprehensive audit of all the city’s Department of Youth Services’ funds and accounts.
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by Markeshia Ricks | Dec 4, 2018 12:12 pm
Just because you don’t hear much about HIV/AIDS doesn’t mean the threat is no longer present.
That is the World AIDS Day takeaway message for the dozens of people who packed a common area of the state’s only free-standing nursing home for people living with HIV or AIDS.
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by Christopher Peak | Dec 4, 2018 7:45 am | Comments (11)
After emotional pushback on tough questions about how public money gets spent, two controversial no-bid contracts advanced — with a promise that answers will come before the Board of Education’s final vote.
At stake are programs that enlist veterans and street-savvy outreach workers to help troubled kids.
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by Allan Appel | Nov 21, 2018 7:29 am | Comments (1)
Tuesday morning more than 600 winter coats, both heavy and light, 150 hats and scarves, and 200 pairs of gloves were gathered. Add to that 50 turkeys and Thanksgiving baskets for 100 families, half of whom are new arrivals in New Haven and the U.S.
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by Allan Appel | Oct 26, 2018 11:54 am
When a woman leaves a domestic violence situation, on average she will have from ten to 30 appointments that need to be kept in the follow-up to a decision. Legal appointments. Child care appointments. Therapy for herself and the child ...
Almost all are in different locations. Almost all can involve time-consuming public transportation. At each new interview, the victim has to re-tell her painful story.
Result: Often she gives up, exhausted, and succumbs to returning to an unsafe situation. That’s why on average, a woman temporarily leaves an abusive partner seven times before she leaves for good.
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by Allan Appel | Oct 19, 2018 12:08 pm | Comments (2)
An anchoring agency in the Dixwell neighborhood that for two decades has been helping to stabilize vulnerable little kids and their families is poised to double its size, and the number of families it can serve.
All it needs are another $2.8 million and ten to 14 parking spaces.
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by Christopher Peak | Oct 18, 2018 3:25 pm | Comments (9)
As a homeless student at Sound School, Michaelle Gonzalez often crashed at her friends’ houses, but she sometimes had to sleep outside, right behind the school. She missed a lot of days and was reprimanded when she did show up. She eventually dropped out.
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