Wednesday, April 10, 2013


The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute came out with a report today that documents how badly low-income homeless families are being treated in Massachusetts. I worked on this issue when I was in the Legislature. While there are some positive, though underfunded, efforts underway to provide longer term housing, these efforts are far from assuring that all families have a roof over their heads.

The safety net has more than frayed in this period of recession in which family situations are tougher for more families. It has large holes.

I am particularly concerned about the children in these families. We now have research that shows the enormously negative impact that great stress has on the brains of young children. Continued stress is toxic and this is a life time impact on the brain and life of these children.

Read the report:

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