An interview with First Church Shelter Director Jim Stewart
“The instability of housing for families often creates anxiety and a sense of uncertainty.”
“We’re very under-stocked with housing opportunities. Since we had 52 people in the shelter, getting housing for only 12 of them means that there were a lot left out. So we’re in desperate need of additional housing.”
He’s been to shelters, he has a case worker, doctors will help him—but how much longer can he wait? Meet Billy, one of the many sources informing “Cambridge Unhoused,” who sells Spare Change News in Central Square
“We don’t have a network of communication between the communities, so it’s very easy for people to slip through the cracks, which is not good for them.”
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“You’re coming into a space that is primarily filled with people that are in your age range, and I think in any world that’s a safer space to be.”
“In about five minutes, everything we had was all ashes, and there was nothing we could do about it.”
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An intentional community-based approach to housing