City aims to reform drug abuse treatment

April 11, 2002
A little over a year ago, Republican Gov. John Rowland departed from his party’s typically anti-drug rhetoric with the bold declaration that Connecticut needed a “more enlightened approach” in its treatment of drug offenders. Since then, New Haven has opened a new office to focus on the city’s drug policies, and needle exchange programs across »

Coalition uses pamphlet to teach addicts

April 9, 2002
In the pamphlet “Shoot Smart Shoot Safe,” a set of instructions guides crack users through every step necessary to safely inject cocaine: from step one, assembling the necessary tools — cooker, water, syringe, citric acid and wipes — to step seven, cleanly withdrawing the needle. A sidebar entitled “Take care of yourself” offers a tip »

YHHAP says city turns away homeless despite policy

April 5, 2002
New Haven has an unwritten rule — the “no-freeze policy” — that anyone, provided he or she is sober, is guaranteed shelter for the night. But members of the Yale Hunger and Homeless Action Project said they are observing a rising number of homeless people turned away from shelters, contrary to the city’s promise. The »

Dwight Hall endorses no one in Corporation race

April 2, 2002
The Dwight Hall Cabinet voted unanimously last week in its monthly meeting to abstain from endorsing either of the two candidates vying for a seat on the Yale Corporation, the Rev. W. David Lee DIV ’93 and Maya Lin ’81 ARC ’86. Lee, who has promised to bring community issues to greater prominence at Yale »

City pledges to go through with school

March 28, 2002
In a neighborhood spat turned cause celebre, a group of angry residents has been working for months to fend off a school construction project that would demolish their homes. But city officials told them yet again this week their fight has “no chance at all.” During a community meeting Tuesday night, Mayor John DeStefano Jr. »

U.S. to reimburse Tweed over $18,000

March 25, 2002
With daily flights to Washington, D.C., still cut from its flight schedule, Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport remains in a lurch from a sharp downturn in passengers spurred by the Sept. 11 attacks. As the airport tries to rebound and expand, it has at least received federal funding to compensate for increased security costs. U.S. Rep. »

City’s test scores still far behind state mean

March 8, 2002
Once again, the 2002 results of the state’s most sweeping standardized test have illuminated the glaring socio-economic disparities in Connecticut’s education system. Statewide results on the Connecticut Mastery Test released Wednesday inched up from last year’s standings, and the performance gaps between different racial and economic groups closed slightly. But state and education officials said »

Housing agencies assist in crisis

March 6, 2002
Sarah Caldwell could not stop returning to one point: she has never seen a low-income housing crisis of this magnitude before. Caldwell, the executive director of New Haven’s Liberty Community Services Inc., said housing inquiries for the past year have been pouring in at unprecedented levels. For the fiscal year ending last June, Liberty’s Department »

Activists ask for housing policy reform

March 1, 2002
HARTFORD — Emergency shelters in Connecticut have always been a last resort, the only escape for some from spending a night or two on the street. But as the demand for shelter space this year soars to a record high and affordable housing remains scarce, overnight stays are stretching into six-month, nine-month and even yearlong »

Advocacy groups dispute cuts

February 28, 2002
In Connecticut, state law mandates a balanced budget — a tricky proposition in any year but one causing particular trouble now as the state grapples with an ever-growing deficit in the midst of an economic downturn. Part of a nationwide trend in state governments, the current economic slump has wiped out Connecticut’s budget surplus, leaving »

Group asks for help in fighting state social cuts

February 26, 2002
Bemoaning the $150 million budget cut that Connecticut social advocacy groups say has already hit the state’s social services this fiscal year, 65 nonprofit organizations across the state are now mobilizing under the name One Connecticut to fight Gov. John Rowland’s proposals for further cuts in next year’s budget for health care, education and social »

Returning to society not so easy for felons

February 22, 2002
Without a job and without a home, the path out of prison for many convicted felons in Connecticut can lead straight into an emergency shelter. “[For inmates] it’s like, yesterday I was in jail. Today I’m sitting at the bus stop wondering what the hell I’m going to do,” said Nora Duncan, program services coordinator »