PSNA April 2018 Meeting

Thursday, April 19th 7-9 pm

at Lesley University Hall, 1815 Mass Avenue, Room (new) 2-048.

Porter Square Neighbors Association will look at the issue of “Homelessness in the Porter Square Area”.

We will hear from folks with daily hands-on experience to learn: who are the homeless, the programs and resources in Cambridge and Somerville to address their issues, and perhaps to achieve an education for the rest of us.

Our roundtable participants are:

  • Mardi Moran (she and Si Shapiro, longtime PSNA members, owners of Tags until 2015) will open the program with a little history. Mardi, a member of St. James, reached out many years ago to live her faith and help the homeless.
  • Mayor Marc McGovern and Ellen Semonoff, Asst. Mngr., Human Services, will give us the big picture, the size of the problem, an overview of the Cambridge’s efforts and resources.
  • Mark McGovern, Exec. Dir., CHA Healthcare for the Homeless, and Mark Alston-Follansbee, Exec. Dir., Somerville Homeless Coalition, will give us more specifics.
  • Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. (who lives in the area) will be our guest, as well as officers from the Homeless Outreach Program and neighborhood officers, to tell us how they intersect with the homeless and other service providers.   
  • Jedediah Mannis of Harvard Divinity School and members of St. James Episcopal Church were there at the start of The Outdoor Church; Jed still ministers to the spiritual as well as the worldly needs of the homeless.

We have also asked some of the merchants from the Square and Mass Ave to attend so we might understand their experiences.

Please join us!