First Student-Run Homeless Shelter for Young Adults to Open in Harvard Square

Sen. Elizabeth Warren stopped by Friday’s ‘opening celebration.’

When Jamila Bradley first arrived in Boston from her native Florida, it was the city’s countless brick buildings she noticed first—or, more accurately, their permanence. Just over two years ago, she found herself at the First Parish Church in Cambridge, “realizing that I had less family than I expected, fresh from a violent assault, and new to the world of youth homelessness.”

To Bradley, a youth advocacy coordinator for Y2Y Harvard Square, the nation’s first student-run, overnight homeless shelter for young adults, bricks symbolized the stability that she and many other homeless youth so desperately seek.

Community leaders and elected officials, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, joined Bradley in Harvard Square Friday afternoon to celebrate the shelter’s opening next month, in the Unitarian Universalist church’s basement.

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