Grace Ferguson reports on housing for the New Bedford Light. She graduated from Boston University in May 2022, and recently completed a fellowship reporting on police accountability for WBUR. Ferguson previously investigated housing issues in western Massachusetts for GBH News.
The idea is a reversal from the previous status quo, where service providers would require homeless people to address their substance abuse and mental health problems before they could be housed. Instead, housing first is based on the idea that it’s a lot easier to get your life back on track once you have a…
“I think this is a horrible time for this to happen. It should have been stretched out until our grocery prices went down.” — Kevin Frederic, supervisor at the Solanus Casey Food Pantry for Catholic Social Services
“Recent immigrants, especially undocumented immigrants, and refugees without economic means tend to settle in the same low-income communities and therefore are more likely to be at risk of lead exposure.” — Mass. Department of Public Health statement.
A bill from state Sen. Mark Montigny and state Rep. Chris Markey would stop the state DEP from requiring nitrogen-reducing septic upgrades. The legislation would also make it illegal to require watershed permits without any funding attached.