Healey declares state of emergency amid migrant shelter crisis, new relief fund launched

By Maria Papadopoulos and Ted Daniel – Boston 25 News

Gov. Maura Healey has declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts due to the “rapidly rising numbers of migrant families” arriving in the Bay State in need of shelter and services, with state officials calling the current expansion on the state’s shelter system “unsustainable.”

State officials on Tuesday also said that the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and The Boston Foundation have launched the Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund to assist new migrant arrivals in Massachusetts.

Healey’s declaration “serves as a notice to the federal government and the Commonwealth that the state’s shelter system is rapidly expanding capacity in an unsustainable manner, and that further assistance is urgently needed,” Healey said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Source – Boston 25 News

Published August 08, 2023

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