Want To Reduce Crime In New England? Add More Immigrants

July 21, 2018

OPINION: There’s one fool-proof way to help make communities more secure: add immigrants.

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Landlords in expensive Connecticut cheerfully (and illegally) avoid renting to families with children

June 1, 2018

OPINION In her search for a house to rent, Kristin Bradbury has called maybe a dozen property owners, and the excuses she’s heard fall into a few distinct categories. When she asks about renting a home in Madison, Conn., and mentions that she and husband Anderson (Andy) have three children, property owners are quick to…

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Are Millennials Reshaping The American Dream?

April 27, 2018

OPINION In the early ‘30s, James Truslow Adams, a banker turned Pulitzer-winning author, wrote a book-length paean to the U.S. titled, “The American Dream.” His publishers loved the manuscript, but the title had to go. No one, they said, would spend $3 for a book with “Dream” in the title during the Dirty Thirties, the…

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How Do We Keep College Graduates In New England?

April 4, 2018

New England is losing young millennials  in record numbers.

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Foreclosures Have A Long Reach In New England

March 7, 2018

In Connecticut, buying and keeping a home is challenging.

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Bad Policies Could Add To The Homeless Numbers In New England

January 29, 2018

OPINION The rooms at Red Roof Plus+ in Hartford don’t have kitchens, and the families who sought shelter there after Hurricane Maria’s destruction want home-cooked meals. Since they arrived, the families have managed to borrow kitchens around the city. This evening, Carmen Cotto, who retired from Hartford and returned to her family home in Cidra…

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The Impossible (And Necessary) Task of Counting Homeless Youths

January 8, 2018

  OPINION Not long ago, Robin P. McHaelen, founder and executive director of True Colors, Inc., launched into a training for police officers from around the state. Three minutes in to the class, a man stood up, said, “This is bullshit. I’m not listening to this,” and stormed out. He was soon followed by another…

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Learning From The AIDS Housing Crisis

November 21, 2017

OPINION States struggling with the opioid crisis – and most particularly states in New England – could learn from the AIDS crisis – both what to and what not to do. Thirty years ago, people living with AIDS could easily find themselves kicked out of housing over misinformation about how the disease was spread. Out…

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Closing Homeless Shelters For The Right Reasons

September 21, 2017

This summer, the people at New Haven, Connecticut’s Careways Shelter for Women and Children, made a stunning announcement. After 27 years, the 10-bed emergency shelter’s doors would close – once the shelter residents had been placed in either temporary shelters or permanent homes.


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A Place of Their Own: Ending Family Homelessness in New England

August 25, 2017

For the past six months, Chastity Kerr has lived at a 27-bed family shelter in Hartford, Connecticut, with her three children, ages 14, 11, and 8. Her current address, the Salvation Army’s Marshall House, is in Hartford’s historic Asylum Hill neighborhood. This is the neighborhood Mark Twain once called home. So did Harriet Beecher Stowe.…

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