Legislative breakfast reveals faces, stories behind homelessness in area

By Alex Ruppenthal

Posted Mar. 17, 2015 at 4:06 PM


Samrae Boushaba became homeless in 2006, the year after giving birth to her daughter, Rouya. Originally from Morocco, Boushaba came to the U.S. to escape domestic violence from her ex-husband.

The move solved one problem, but it introduced many more.

“I had no money, no income, nothing,” said Boushaba, who now lives in Medford. “And I couldn’t speak English.”

On March 13, a photo of Boushaba smiling while resting her head on her daughter’s was one of 15 portraits lining the banquet room walls at Malden’s Irish American Club, where state officials and advocacy groups gathered for the 13th annual Legislative Breakfast on Homelessness sponsored by Malden-based Housing Families, Inc.

The event marked the debut of a photography exhibit, “Family Homelessness: A View Beyond Stereotypes,” featuring portraits by Lexington-based humanitarian photographer Deb Landers of homeless or once-homeless families.

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