recession

The economy, homelessness, motels as shelters, and bed bugs

June 25, 2009

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday on how record numbers of families are now being sheltered in motels. In October 2007, 27 families were housed in Massachusetts motels. The number rose steeply in the last year, as the economy collapsed, many became unemployed, and foreclosures skyrocketed. The number of families sheltered in motels went from just […]

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Megan McArdle on Atlantic.com: bed bugs and Craigslist

February 12, 2009

There’s a little bed bug consciousness-raising going on in this post from Megan McArdle on her Atlantic.com blog, and even more in the active discussion which follows. MacArdle writes: Craigslist springs up to facilitate low cost transactions between individuals: good! The market for used furniture booms, allowing people to furnish their houses more nicely/cheaply, while […]

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Bed bug Intro. 873 on WNYC today

January 4, 2009

Click here to listen to this brief news item on New York City Council’s Intro. 873 from WNYC news, New York. The tone of the item is dominated by the Health Department’s reminder that bed bugs are only “a stressful and unpleasant nuisance,” and that the health department already has a page on its website […]

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Glutted homeless shelters have trouble treating for bed bugs

December 19, 2008

This article from the Globe and Mail is about how Bay Street (Toronto’s financial district) and charities are calling on the government to provide a “recession relief fund” for agencies that help people. (The Bay Street crowd was behind the call because they realize that due to the fall in stock prices, they can’t keep […]

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