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Affordable Housing Victory Achieved in Boston
A coalition including GBLS, City Life/Vida Urbana, pro bono law firms Goulston & Storrs, Jones Day, and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, the Department of Neighborhood Development, CEDAC, and the Boston Public Health Commission not only saved 59 families from being displaced from their homes, but also created 59 new permanently-affordable housing units in Dorchester and Mattapan. Through the sale of properties at Orlando and Waldeck streets from the bankrupt landlord to the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, the tenants are no longer at risk of displacement and homelessness and the affordable units have been preserved for the future.
October 31, 2016
Precedent-Setting Win for Low-Income Tenants Creates 59 Affordable Housing Units in Boston – Yahoo! Finance
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October 28, 2016
Mismanaged Dorchester, Mattapan properties secured as affordable housing through non-profit purchase – Dorchester Reporter
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October 28, 2016
Bankruptcy sale of five buildings preserves home for tenants - Boston Herald
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July 28, 2016
Dorchester, Mattapan tenants have had it with landlord who lets them live in squalor - Dorchester Reporter
These tenants have been living in deplorable conditions including “[m]ice and cockroach infestation, pervasive mold caused by leaks, no heat in the winter, no electricity, jammed doors, open gasoline canisters”. The landlord has failed to maintain his properties and is now in bankruptcy proceedings, which puts them at risk of eviction with no place to go because of the lack of affordable housing in Greater Boston. GBLS is representing them with the pro bono assistance of GBLS board member Andrew Troop of Pillsbury and John Hanify of supporting law firm Jones Day.
Please click here to read the August 3, 2016 Dorchester Reporter article
July 14, 2016
Advocates rip cuts in disability funding - the Boston Herald
Funding cuts by Governor Baker for poor people with disabilities, if not overidden by the Legislature, will have a devastating effect on thousands of vulnerable families across Massachusetts. GBLS attorney Sarah Levy and her client, a grandmother caring for her disabled granddaughter, are quoted in today's Boston Herald article.
"We're terribly worried because in our experience, SSI isn’t enough to meet the needs of a person who is disabled let alone subsidize the needs of the family,” said Attorney Levy.
Please click here to read the July 14, 2016 Boston Herald article
July 1, 2016
Advocates mystified as proposal to tighten nursing home oversight killed - the Boston Globe
“It’s a slap in the face to vulnerable nursing home residents and their families, and advocates,” said Wynn Gerhard, GBLS elder law Senior Attorney, after state lawmakers rejected a proposal to substantially raise maximum fines on troubled nursing homes.
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June 30, 2016
'Pam family scams' spawning new revelations - the Boston Globe
An update to the circumstances surrounding the Globe investigation we posted on June 12, 2016 - "Making it Big, the Pam Family Way"
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June 29, 2016
State calls out 5 Boston schools for disparate & excessive suspensions - the Bay State Banner
As to the intangible consequences of these suspensions, GBLS fellow attorney Elizabeth McIntyre says, “Kids start to label themselves as ‘problems,’ as kids where school is not going to be a thing that they’re good at.”
Please click here to read the June 29, 2016 The Bay State Banner article
June 12, 2016
Making it big, the Pam family way - the Boston Globe
Senior Attorney and Elder Law specialist Betsey Crimmins speaks to The Boston Globe in the first part of an article in the paper.
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June 8, 2016
Spaulding Rehab Network plan to close 2 nursing homes - the Boston Globe
"Spaulding believes it is not subject to a mandatory public hearing because the North End facility is being transferred, not closed," but GBLS senior attorney Wynn Gerhard disagrees, commenting that the nursing home closings "should be subject to mandatory public hearings."
Please click here to read the June 8, 2016 Boston Globe article
June 1, 2016
When Legal Assistance Can Imporve Health - the Huffington Post
Lonnie Powers, Executive Director of the Mass. Legal Assistance Corporation, writes in the Huffington Post about the significant impact of legal assistance, including medical-legal partnerships, on public health. He references GBLS' two victories "that enhance the health, safety, and independence of disabled people."
Please click here to read the June 1, 2016 The Huffington Post article
April 28, 2016
Boston gets fed grant to help young ex-cons find ‘road to redemption’ - the Boston Herald
GBLS is excited to be sharing a federal grant with the Boston Housing Authority that will help us to assist young people seeking affordable housing and jobs after having been involved with the justice system. Thank you to the U.S. Department of Justice who funds the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program and to partner the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for their support on this important program. We look forward to working with the BHA to help juveniles as they embark on a fresh new start!
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April 10, 2016
Evictions rise as Boston gentrifies – the Boston Globe
"In a place like East Boston, it’s not uncommon for a landlord to raise the rent three or four times in a single year”, says Matt Nickell, a GBLS attorney Fellow, about the "epidemic" of evictions and displacement among lower-income Boston residents.

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April 7, 2016
School suspension numbers causing concern for parents, city council – Fox 25 news
Elizabeth McIntyre, who initiated the School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project at GBLS, described the distress and frustration of parents in this interview. Liz McIntyre is an Equal Justice Works Fellow Attorney, sponsored by WilmerHale and Staples.
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March 20, 2016
Should all voter addresses by publicly listed? – the Boston Globe
“We shouldn’t live in a society where survivors of domestic and sexual violence are forced to avoid voting for their physical safety,” said Valenda Applegarth, a senior attorney and director of Relocation Counseling Project at Greater Boston Legal Services.
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March 9, 2016
In Mass., small theft is big crime, and lawmakers notice – the Boston Globe
“If you have a felony on your criminal record, it makes a big difference for applying for jobs: You probably won’t be hired. That conviction is going to create barriers for all kinds of opportunities,” said Pauline Quirion, director of the criminal records sealing project at Greater Boston Legal Services. “A young person who swiped some expensive sunglasses, more than $250? Felon. It makes felons out of people who have committed only minor offenses.”
Please click here to read the March 9, 2016 Boston Globe article
March 9, 2016
What Discipline Looks Like at a Boston School with 325 Suspensions - Learning Lab
This story about public school suspensions of very young students features interviews with GBLS attorney Fellow Elizabeth McIntyre and her client Jayden, 8, who was continually disciplined for behavior attributable to trauma-related disabilities.
Please click here to read the March 9, 2016 Learning Lab article 
March 4, 2016
Bunker Hill Tenant Task Force Retains GBLS - Charlestown Patriot-Bridge
Bunker Hill Tenant Task Force voted unanimously to retain Greater Boston Legal
Services (GBLS) to represent them and the residents of Bunker Hill during the ongoing effort to revitalize the public housing community into a mixed-income community. 
Please click here to read the Charlestwon Patriot-Bridge article
February 14, 2016
In East Boston, pinched between progress and pain - The Boston Globe
Read about the work of East Boston residents together with City Life/Vida Urbana and GBLS attorneys Matt Nickell and Lauren Song to stabilize their neighborhood amid dramatic upheaval.
Please click here to read the February 14, 2016 Boston Globe article
February 11, 2016
State officials move to tighten oversight of nursing homes - The Boston Globe
Great news for nursing home residents! A coalition of advocates, including GBLS Senior Attorney Wynn Gerhard, for years have been advocating for improvements in the quality of care and quality of life for Mass. nursing home residents
Please click here to read the February 11, 2016 Boston Globe article 
February 10, 2016
Victims in TelexFree pyramid scheme can expect some money back, bankruptcy official says -
Consumer Rights Unit Managing Attorney Nadine Cohen - quoted in the article - has been working with the Chelsea Collaborative and the Brazilian Workers Group to assist the victims of this scam in filing claims against TelexFree.
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February 3, 2016
Mass. Had Hundreds Of Suspensions Last Year — In Kindergarten And Pre-K - Learning Lab
WBUR 90.9 FM's compelling story about the suspensions of low-income pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students, particularly those with trauma histories, highlights the story of a young GBLS client. Dashon is represented by Elizabeth McIntyre, an Equal Justice Works attorney Fellow who staffs GBLS' School to Prison Pipeline Intervention Project.
Please click here to read the February 3, 2016 LearningLab article