In new strategy, state asks locals to host unhoused, migrant families as officials scramble to expand shelters

By: Gabrielle Emanuel – WBUR

The state's new Family Welcome Center is run by the Brazilian Worker Center and located on Harvard Ave. in Boston. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Massachusetts officials are seeking residents willing to host newly arrived families in need of shelter. Hosts are asked to provide a room or apartment for a few days, until longer-term accommodations can be arranged.

A significant portion of the families in need of housing in the state are new immigrants. Many of those arriving in Boston have fled violence in Haiti and traveled through other states before coming to Massachusetts.

The new host family strategy comes as the state scrambles to expand shelter capacity and provide for an increasing number of homeless families. The state’s new Family Welcome Center in Allston is tasked with recruiting, vetting and onboarding host families, as well as pairing them with the families in need.

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Source – WBUR

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