Announcing the 2018 PBHA-Alumni Honorees

Rep. Byron Rushing '64, José Olivarez '10, and the HSHS Corporation will be honored on October 26-27

Join us on October 26th and 27th as we honor these incredible alumni and supporters:




Outstanding Alumnus: Byron Rushing ’64

Byron Rushing ’64 has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1983, representing Boston’s South End. Throughout his career, he has led effective legislative efforts to address a wide range of issues, including gay rights, capital punishment, size acceptance, healthcare reform, affordable housing, youth development, and substance abuse. As a student, he was heavily involved in Wellmet, a housing program serving people suffering from mental illness. He later became active in the Civil Rights movement as a member of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE).


PBHA’s First Annual Author & Artist in Justice: José Olivarez ’10

A former Keylatch Summer Program director and member of the Student Labor Action MovementJosé Olivarez ’10 is the author of the book of poems Citizen Illegal and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. He is the co-host of the poetry podcast The Poetry Gods and a recipient of fellowships from CantoMundo, Poets House, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, & the Conversation Literary Festival. In 2017-2018, he was the Lead Teaching Artist for the Teen Lab Program at the Art Institute in Chicago, IL. He currently teaches and writes curriculum for Young Chicago Authors (Chicago, IL).


Outstanding Supporter: Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Corporation

The Harvard Square Homeless Shelter Corporation is dedicated to supporting PBHA’s Harvard Square Homeless Shelter through fundraising and advocacy. Thanks to their support, every year since 1983, the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, staffed and directed by students at Harvard University, has provided food, housing, and a friendly, supportive environment for two dozen individuals each night throughout the year.