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Encore! Billy Collins

Billy Collins is surely the most popular American poet since Robert Frost. We are pleased to offer an encore column of his wonderful work.

Construct, Lenox and GB offer emergency rental assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

Both housing trusts are allocating funds received from the local Community Preservation Act surcharge and granted to the trust in previous annual town meetings.

‘Warm Up the Winter’ to raise money for South County heating assistance

The show is a highlight of the local winter season and features well-known Berkshire artists.

It’s Not That Simple: Who needs affordable housing? We do.

If the solutions were easy, there wouldn’t be problems. This column is a companion to the WSBS-AM radio show, “It’s Not That Simple.”  (Listen...

‘Everything was pointing in this direction’: Pathways to the Trades is putting students to work

Participants will spend two to four afternoons per week working hands-on in the work world, on construction sites and working farms, earning both class credit and stipends, and learning skills in virtual and physical 'makerspaces.'

Construct’s Walk into the Future utilizes community support to fight homelessness in South County

The annual Walks raise money, but more importantly, create an awareness of the struggles individuals in South County experience with finding housing.

‘Walk into the Future’ Sept. 22 with Construct

The current theme is “Walk into the Future” so that neighbors can remain hopeful knowing preventive measures can be taken to avoid a housing crisis.

Our Golden Doors

Jonathan and Fatima’s success story today — car parked outside and apartment whose rent they pay on time and which comfortably houses a growing family — was made possible by the very hard work, and very long hours, of many people, coordinating their assistance among many local social service organizations.

Construct Inc.: Celebrating 50 years of helping the homeless

“When I hear about 500 people on a waiting list to get housing that’s affordable, I think we all have a community obligation to step forward and solve this problem.” -- Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox.

“It’s not just opinions flying around the room”: The Berkshire Conversation Project considers gun violence

One local group of about a dozen people has started a conversation about guns by learning how not to interrupt each other.

Interview with Chris Tucci of Railroad Street Youth Project, panelist at ‘Weed Is Here, Now What?’ forum

"Recreational cannabis means that we are talking about cannabis. That’s a good thing. Young people are asking unsolicited questions, neighbors are talking to each other. ... We developed norms ... We’re starting to talk about what does safe use look like for adults? What is the norm?" --Chris Tucci, Railroad Street Youth Project deputy director

Construct’s ‘Warm Up the Winter’ concert raises money for heating assistance in South County

For 50 years, Construct has remained a steady force in South County, providing folks assistance with affordable housing, housing stability, emergency financial assistance and transitional housing.

Construct Inc. aims to foster vibrant and healthy community with housing for everyone

The services offered range from crisis intervention and economic stabilization to mobility monitoring, housing counseling, adult education, referrals and collaborative services.

Egremont to partner with Construct Inc. on affordable housing development

There will be two articles on the special town meeting warrant related to the affordable housing plan: one that would "create low and moderate income housing to be located on town property at 175 Egremont Plain Road"; and another that appropriates $640,000 for construction.

An interview with Jane Ralph, executive director of Construct Inc., easing the challenges of homelessness

According to the 2015 United States census, 25.1 percent of Great Barrington’s residents are considered low-income and 8.4 percent of town residents are actually living in poverty. Neighboring towns such as Stockbridge and Lenox have even higher rates.

Homeless in the Berkshires: A personal story

I hope the courage to tell my story helps others understand that homelessness can happen to anyone.

Great Barrington adds Forest Springs to its affordable housing stock

In terms of housing, there are still miles to go and promises to keep if Great Barrington is to meet the state goal of 10 percent of its housing classified as affordable.
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