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    Too Many Candles

    Cambridge, Massachusetts. December 21, 2014. The first day of winter. The longest night of the year.

    Last Friday I participated in the annual Homeless Memorial Service at the Church on the Hill in Boston. Prayers were said, songs sung, silences held, and names read. To be exact, we read 98 names—the names of people who died in Boston over the past year while experiencing homelessness. In addition to those 98 names, the audience added a dozen more in the silent space between readings. For each name, we lit a candle.

    Employers Still Need to Do Their Part to End Family Homelessness

    It is not news that housing remains out of reach for millions of Americans, including many working parents and their children. Currently, 3.3 million American workers earn minimum wage or less, and there is no place in our entire country in which a family supported by a parent working full-time and earning minimum wage can afford to pay market rent for even a one-bedroom apartment.

    Homelessness and the Education System: Celebrating One School at a Time

    Education is one of the strategies for breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness in our country. I grew up near Baltimore, MD, moved to Worcester, MA for college, and have since made a life for myself in New Bedford, MA. All three of these cities struggle with poverty, homelessness, and failing public school systems. With graduation rates below and poverty rates above the national average, the connection between a good education and ending the cycle of poverty became clear to me.

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