State launches first welcome center in Allston for immigrant and homeless families amid ‘rising need’

A mother walks with her young son, her arm wrapped around him. In the background is the setup of a just-finished press conference.
A Brazilian mother and her son leave a news conference at the Brazilian Worker Center in Boston, Monday, July, 16, 2018.
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By Sarah BetancourtGBH News

June 23, 2023

The state is launching its first welcome center for families experiencing homelessness at the Brazilian Worker Center in Boston. It will “serve as a central entry point for families, especially immigrant families, struggling to access basic necessities, connecting them with essential supplies, services, and transportation to a safe place to stay,” according to the Healey administration.

The move comes nine months after GBH News first reported growing numbers of immigrant families were arriving at local emergency rooms. The goal, according to Brazilian Worker Center executive director Lenita Reason, is to get families who need housing support — not medical treatment — out of ERs.

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Source – GBH News

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