Massachusetts Homeless Population Facing Shelter Limits

( – Massachusetts will begin limiting how long homeless families can stay in shelters to accommodate the influx of homeless migrants. Starting at the beginning of next month, families will only be able to stay in a homeless shelter for nine months and at that point, they could be eligible for two ninety-day extensions.

The law also requires the state Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities to create a rehousing plan for everyone in the shelters after they leave the program, which is required to be recertified every sixty days.

Extensions are based mainly on circumstances that include employment, pregnancy and new motherhood, veteran status, and imminent placement in housing. They could also be extended for those who have a disability or medical condition or for those who are taking care of a family member who does.

Democratic Gov. Maura Healey, who signed the law, said that the limits are “a responsible step to address our capacity and fiscal constraints as Congress has continued to fail to act on immigration reform.” It includes over two hundred million dollars for shelter costs, ten million dollars for workforce training programs, and ten million dollars for tax credits.

In addition, other states, such as New York, have also faced troubles as they deal with homeless shelter programs. New York lawmakers approved a two hundred million dollar budget, which includes plans for housing construction and will address the migrant crisis.

Chicago has spent over three hundred million dollars to provide housing, healthcare, education, and more for almost forty thousand South American migrants.

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