State funding restored for Amherst homeless shelter

Governor Baker restored $200,000 of state funding utilized to keep shelter operational.

Amherst’s Craig’s Place may be forced to close doors

Facing state budget cuts, Craig’s Place may be forced to close before the end of the winter.

Letter: Craig’s Place to fight against fatal budget cuts

To the Editor, Craig’s Place Emergency Shelter sits right on the edge of the University of Massachusetts campus, in the basement of the First Baptist Church. Standing on the front steps of the church, you can see the Southwest Residential Area towers against the horizon, and the Fine Arts Center and W.E.B. Du Bois Library poking through the trees to your right. From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., the church is filled with Bible study classes, youth groups and community meetings. At 9 p.m., the basement of the church transforms into a homeless shelter. The kitchen staff cooks dinner, while…

‘Wet’ shelters: Helping or harming the homeless?

Bridget Higgins explains why “wet” shelters, places in which the homeless are allowed to drink, are problematic

Amherst Police Log: Dec. 4 – Dec. 7

A man was reported jumping into traffic near 739 N. Pleasant St. early Friday morning, but he left before police arrived.

Out cold: homelessness during winter

During the winter season, the cost of homelessness becomes higher for individuals as well as the organizations that provide them aid.