Boston homeless shelters overflowed all summer, MHSA reports FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Sat, 16 Oct 1999 18:12:27 -0700 (PDT)


In your community, are shelters overflowing earlier and earlier each year,
as winter approaches?  If so, why?  What can we do to stem increasing
homelessness?

See below for a related article, regarding Boston, MA, USA:

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FWD  Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Oct 12, 1999

     HOMELESS SHELTERS OVERFLOWED ALL SUMMER, SAY ADVOCATES

BOSTON (AP) _ Homeless shelters throughout Massachusetts
overflowed for the first time ever during the summer months of
July, August and September, homeless advocates announced.

``It's the kind of record we hate to announce,'' said Philip
Mangano, executive director of the Massachusetts Housing and
Shelter Alliance, which has collected data from shelters for a
decade.

``We are fighting a losing battle as more and more people come
to our front doors,'' Mangano said Tuesday.

The problem is not limited to large cities, he said. Shelters
also turned away homeless people for the first time during the
summer in Northampton, Lawrence, Leominster, Salem, Lynn, Quincy,
Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Cambridge and Somerville.

``We've never experienced, ever, so many people, so long into
the year _ there is no precedent for a summer of overflow,'' said
Frank Keough, director of Springfield's Friends of the Homeless.
``And we're expecting the worst winter ever. We need relief
immediately.''

Homeless advocates want state government to add 780 beds across
Massachusetts by Oct. 15.

Advocates say there are two reasons for the increase in
homelessness: a strong economy that has driven up rents and the
state's failure to plan for the discharge of people in state-run
prisons and managed care and substance abuse programs.

[Received  Id AP99285CF2BA0B5 on Oct 14 1999 11:42]

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