Massachusetts spending $45M per month to assist migrant families

By Ellen Fleming and Amy Phillips – 22 News WWLP

BOSTON (WWLP) – On Tuesday, Governor Maura Healey declared a state of emergency due to emergency shelters reaching capacity.

The Governor says that the state can’t keep up with the number of migrants headed to the Bay State, and the emergency shelter system is being pushed to the brink with new arrivals. There are almost 5,600 families and over 20,000 migrants in state shelters, 80% higher than this time last year.

Healey is calling on the federal government for help, pointing mostly to the need to expedite work visas so new arrivals can work. The administration is also asking residents to help out. Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll on Tuesday asked private citizens to open their homes to help with the crisis.

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Source – 22 News WWLP

Published August 09, 2023

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