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Conference rooms in a Massachusetts government building in Boston are being converted into short-term emergency shelters starting Monday, according to a notice sent to state employees. The conference rooms at 10 Park Plaza, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation building and headquarters of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, will provide shelter for up to 25 families, according to the memo from MBTA General Manager Phil Eng. He also said this use of the conference rooms is expected to last up to two weeks, “until a more permanent location can be identified.””The temporary congregate-style shelter will be set up by the Massachusetts National Guard in the conference rooms located on the second floor and will be managed by a service provider,” Eng wrote. On Monday night, migrant families stepped off busses for the first time into their new temporary home.Cots were set up in conference rooms by the National Guard. Massachusetts’ emergency family shelter system hit a capacity limit of 7,500 families earlier this month. At that point, officials said they began adding names to a waiting list. “I appreciate everyone’s support as we enter Thanksgiving week. While we celebrate with our families and friends, know that we are helping others during their time of need,” Eng wrote. The legislature reached the end of the regular session last week without striking a deal to provide $250 million in funding to the emergency shelter system. A conference committee was appointed to take over negotiations between the two chambers.Under the state’s right-to-shelter law, which was passed in 1983, Massachusetts is legally required to house homeless families. Gov. Maura Healey, however, set the capacity limit on the system, citing budget constraints. State officials have not yet responded to requests for details about the number of families currently registered for the waitlist.

Conference rooms in a Massachusetts government building in Boston are being converted into short-term emergency shelters starting Monday, according to a notice sent to state employees.

The conference rooms at 10 Park Plaza, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation building and headquarters of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, will provide shelter for up to 25 families, according to the memo from MBTA General Manager Phil Eng. He also said this use of the conference rooms is expected to last up to two weeks, “until a more permanent location can be identified.”

“The temporary congregate-style shelter will be set up by the Massachusetts National Guard in the conference rooms located on the second floor and will be managed by a service provider,” Eng wrote.

On Monday night, migrant families stepped off busses for the first time into their new temporary home.

Cots were set up in conference rooms by the National Guard.

Massachusetts’ emergency family shelter system hit a capacity limit of 7,500 families earlier this month. At that point, officials said they began adding names to a waiting list.

“I appreciate everyone’s support as we enter Thanksgiving week. While we celebrate with our families and friends, know that we are helping others during their time of need,” Eng wrote.

The legislature reached the end of the regular session last week without striking a deal to provide $250 million in funding to the emergency shelter system. A conference committee was appointed to take over negotiations between the two chambers.

Under the state’s right-to-shelter law, which was passed in 1983, Massachusetts is legally required to house homeless families. Gov. Maura Healey, however, set the capacity limit on the system, citing budget constraints.

State officials have not yet responded to requests for details about the number of families currently registered for the waitlist.



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