The new complex, however, still will not be a 24 hour shelter. (Don't want those homeless people to get too comfortable, now, do we?) So homeless people have limited options for what to do in the 12 hours they are unsheltered. Many of these folks have physical disabilities that make it difficult for them to spend much time walking around, but if they can, they'll make their way to the Loaves and Fishes Soup Kitchen on State St., which stays open as much as possible between the noontime and the suppertime meal.
Meanwhile, Gov. Patrick's 9C cuts are eliminating $2.7 million from the $36 million line item which provides shelter and case management services for the state's single homeless people. It wasn't enough money to start with,, and now, some 500 shelter beds across the state are at risk. You can read the details at the Mass. Housing and Shelter Alliance. Then, I beg you, take action.
Call the Governor and your state reps and senators and:
Ask them to restore the $2.7 million in funding eliminated from the Homeless Individual Assistance Account in order to protect the health and safety of individuals who are homeless this winter with no where to turn.