‘We Feel Overwhelmed’: Allston Struggles to Support Migrant Families Amid Record Influx

By Jack R. Trapanick and Sami E. Turner, Crimson Staff Writers – The Harvard Crimson

Massachusetts launched a family welcome center in the Brazilian Worker Center in Allston. By Sami E. Turner

As the Massachusetts shelter system strains to accommodate record numbers of arriving families, Allston expanded services in June with the opening of a new family welcome center — though the neighborhood continues to struggle to meet the needs of all.

In June, the Brazilian Worker Center in Allston became the first family welcome center created by the state as a spike in the number of arriving families overwhelmed the Massachusetts shelter system. The center aims to “provide support to newly arrived immigrants in the United States,” according to its website.

“The administration is opening a ‘Family Welcome Center’ in Allston to serve as a central entry point for families, especially migrant families, struggling to access basic necessities, connecting them with essential supplies, services, and transportation to a safe place to stay,” the state announced in a press release.

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Source – The Harvard Crimson

Published September 25, 2023

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