Free dinner for those in need in Bushnell Park on Aug. 30

Journey Home and Arugula Bistro in West Hartford, Salute Restaurant in Hartford, Whole Foods Market West Hartford, and Starbucks Coffee are providing free meals to people in need in Hartford’s Bushnell Park, starting at 5 p.m. Here’s where you come in: Donate $25 (or more!) to¬† Journey Home to buy a meal for someone, and …

They. Did it. And more.

The dedicated team that worked on the Greater Hartford 100-day challenge to reduce chronic homelessness moved heaven and earth and did some amazing things — but not just in Greater Hartford. There were similar efforts in Fairfield County, southeastern Connecticut and northeastern Connecticut. This in addition to the original effort in New Haven last year. …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…there’s a wrap-up of the 100-day challenge to greatly reduce chronic homelessness in the state on WNPR‘s “Where We Live” at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Better yet, the story will include Sal Pinna, who is making his radio debut. If you’ll remember, Sal [pictured at a recent performance at Charter Oak Cultural Center] was recently …

Hartford to begin a municipal id program

Joining cities like San Francisco, New York, and our own New Haven (see former Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.’s card over there?), Connecticut’s capital city is set to start their own municipal identification program in September. Yesterday, I spoke with Mayor Pedro Segarra about this for a story for WNPR that will run later this month. …

So someone offered to take Sal to a Mets game

Sal Pinna was homeless for 20 years, and then, through the efforts of advocates in Greater Hartford’s 100-day challenge to end chronic homelessness, he was housed in late April. I wrote about him for Sunday’s Courant and I’ve been reporting his story for WNPR for a few months now (the latest installment will air this …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

Tomorrow, I’m on WNPR’s “Where We Live” talking about the 100-day challenge to greatly reduce chronic homelessness in the Hartford area, with Nathan Fox, Hartford’s Center Church Warburton director of outreach, and one of those young movers-and-shakers who one day will rule the world — but in a good way. The show starts at 9 …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…Sara Salomons, development consultant at Journey Home and I are on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” We’re talking about the 100-day challenge to greatly reduce chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford. Part of that story is Sal Pinna (pictured) and his quest for a Social Security card — a must in order for him to get housed. …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…I have a story running on WNPR’s “Where We Live” starting around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. You can listen here. The story is the second in a series of four stories on Greater Hartford’s 100-day challenge to reduce chronic homelessness, and explores the rather surprising (and recent) history of homelessness in Connecticut, and catches listeners up …

It’s frigid cold outside and I’m wondering about Sal

I met Sal a few years ago, when I first taught a class at Rabbi Donna Berman’s genius Beat of the Street Center for Creative Learning. The class was on news writing, and was meant to augment what the journalists who were or had experienced homelessness were already doing very well with Hartford’s street newspaper, …