Homeless advocates gather to honor those who’ve survived with ‘Summer Solstice’ celebration

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Each year on the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, members of the community gather at Veterans Park to commemorate local homeless individuals who have died. This year, members of community gathered again on the longest day of the year to celebrate homeless individuals who have survived. Additionally, those at the gathering also shared their thoughts on how to help others find their way out of homelessness.

The Soapbox: The way we’re addressing homelessness is like the plot of ‘Groundhog Day’

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I didn’t want to write anything today. Then I got a text message and a voicemail from two separate people around Manchester telling me they are living in their cars with no place to go. I am a community organizer with Rights & Democracy, not a social worker, but people are increasingly coming to me for help – help I’m unable to provide.

Manchester Homeless Initiatives Director presents HOPE plan to address homelessness and housing

read more…: Manchester Homeless Initiatives Director presents HOPE plan to address homelessness and housing

In just a little over four months since Schonna Green moved to Manchester from Florida and took over as the city’s first ever Director of Homeless Initiatives she has put together a roughly 20-page plan with three phases and multiple recommendations, many of which are already being undertaken.

Homeless in Manchester

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Walking the streets of the city has brought a bit of peace to me that I didn’t have before. You won’t see me sitting around on Elm Street with a cardboard sign, or panhandling on South Willow Street. You won’t see me shouting at the air, or putting needles in my body. You might see me going off to work, or taking in the sunshine in the park. If you see me at all, a friendly greeting wouldn’t go amiss.