State plans more ‘welcome centers’ for migrants, homeless families

By Alison Kuznitz – NBC Boston

More centers that are designed to provide resources to a mounting influx of migrants and people experiencing homelessness will soon launch in Massachusetts as officials grapple with steadily rising demand, a Healey spokesperson pledged Thursday.

But for weeks, officials have refrained from disclosing where exactly those additional “family welcome centers” will be located.

“Our administration is closely collaborating with local, state, federal and community partners to expand housing capacity and explore all options as we plan to open more Family Welcome Centers in the coming weeks, which will ease access to services for families,” Karissa Hand, a Healey spokesperson, said in a statement.

The first state-run center opened at the Brazilian Worker Center in Allston on June 23 to provide food, baby formula, diapers and other basic necessities to immigrant families — dozens of whom were deemed eligible to live temporarily in townhomes at Joint Base Cape Cod.

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Source – NBC Boston

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