Homelessness

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.

Stories from Boston's Homeless Youth
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Stories from Boston's Homeless Youth

City Politics

Boston Mayor Selects Company to Fight Homelessness

​Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently selected data analytics company Green River as the vendor to carry out his plan to end chronic homelessness in Boston by 2018 by using data analytics to connect resources with those in need.

Elizabeth Warren at Y2Y Opening
Harvard Square

Student Homeless Shelters Attract Influx of Volunteers

Both the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and the newly opened Y2Y Youth Homeless Shelter had more volunteers apply for shifts than could be accommodated.