State officials will reveal its recommendations for the future use of the current Shattuck Hospital Campus at a public meeting on June 25. The state is relocating 260 inpatient beds to the Newton Pavilion at the Boston Medical Center campus. The state is relocating the beds because the campus needs significant renovations. Nonprofit provider programs currently operating at the Shattuck, including residential treatment programs, outpatient psychiatric services, Pine Street shelter and methadone clinic, will remain at the Shattuck. The Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance have led a 10-month planning process, which ends this month.
The Community Preservation Act (CPA) provides funding for affordable housing, historic preservation, and parks and open space projects throughout Boston. This Friday, JP residents are invited to share their ideas for CPA funded projects. Jamaica Plain resident Christine Poff, director of Boston's Community Preservation Committee, will hold library hours on Friday, June 21 at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library (30 South St.) at 10 am to noon, and noon to 2 pm at the Egleston Square Branch Library (2044 Washington St., Roxbury). Please visit boston.gov/cpa for more information about the Community Preservation Act.
Boston is conducting several neighborhood and ethnic-focused presentations to discuss communities' economic impact in the city. On June 13 in Jamaica Plain, there will be an exploration of the Dominican Republic community, and its economic impact on Boston. The goal of the series is to engage residents, and to see their reactions about data that will be presented from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 American Community Survey, REMI Economic Impact Analysis, and BPDA Research Division Analysis. The Jamaica Plain meeting will be conducted in Spanish and English interpretation will be provided. The meeting will take place at the Curtis Hall Community Center (20 South St.), from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on June 13.
Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley has called for a hearing to determine the feasibility of a textile recycling program in Boston. “Curbside textile recycling is another opportunity of sound environmental policy that can generate revenue for the city of Boston. The city of Boston can reduce our waste stream, greenhouse gas emissions and receive payment for the value of the material,” said O'Malley to Jamaica Plain News. Ever the environmental politician of Boston, O'Malley points out that 40 Massachusetts municipalities, including Brookline, Somerville and Natick have implemented curbside textile recycling. Those programs have diverted more than 2.2 million pounds from their waste stream.
Two Boston City Councilors have proposed that the city provide free menstrual products in Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Libraries, BCYF Community Centers, and in city buildings. An estimated 100 million high school students missed school because of a lack of menstrual products, according to an UNESCO report. In Boston, 78 percent of students come from low-income households and an estimated 16.5 percent of Boston's population lives in poverty. But councilors District 1 City Councilor Lydia Edwards and Jamaica Plain's City Councilor Matt O'Malley are looking to make sure more people have access to menstrual products. Having access to menstrual products will help people not miss school, not miss work, and avoid any other health, social or professional challenges that result from a lack of availability.