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Once-homeless seniors give their thanks

Public, private efforts address a widening plight

Liliam Alvarez, 63, is home for Thanksgiving. She plans to set out a holiday dinner on the glass table in her living room and welcome friends into the warmth of her corner apartment — friends who helped her through darker times last winter.

That was when Alvarez found herself homeless, walking the streets, frightened and alone in the February chill, and waiting for a bed at the Pine Street Inn.

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