[Hpn] How can one have a homeless convention and not have homeless involved?

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Thu, 13 May 2004 10:44:38 -0400


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Officials Planning To Keep Homeless Away From Convention

City Will Free Up Substance Abuse Beds, Ask Shelters To Stay Open

May 13, 2004

BOSTON -- Officials of the Democratic National Convention to be held in
Boston this summer are addressing the issue of homeless people.

Officials are drawing up plans to encourage the homeless to stay away from
so-called hard security zones around the FleetCenter, where the convention
will be held July 26-29. Those zones will be open only to credentialed
officials, convention delegates and the news media.

Acting director Jim Greene of Boston's Emergency Shelter Commission said the
city will try to free up substance abuse treatment beds, and likely will ask
shelters that normally close during the day to stay open.

However Boston advocates for the homeless said they have been assured the
city will not try to sweep the city's streets of the homeless to polish its
image during the convention.

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