Mayor Wu today announced a plan to get everybody now living in tents in the Mass and Cass area connected with "appropriate services" by Jan. 12, after which the city will "ensure the area remains clear of encampments."
In a statement, the mayor's office said public-health officials have found "dozens of low-threshold supportive housing placements" that are either available now or will be by that deadline, including at the Roundhouse Hotel right at Mass and Cass, which will have room for up to 60 people, along with 24/7 staff and case management, and temporary housing structures now being installed on the grounds of Shattuck Hospital off Morton Street on the Jamaica Plain/Mattapan line, which will have room for 30 men - with access to medical care and case managers.
Once the tents are gone, "the city will maintain an ongoing presence, including outreach and street cleaning so that further encampments do not develop."
In the statement, Wu said:
With these actions, our goal is to bring residents out of the cold and into supportive housing, to change the status quo in this area and citywide. Our team is taking every possible action to alleviate the humanitarian crisis at Mass Ave and Melnea Cass Boulevard and keep this area clear of encampments moving forward.
Boston homeless encampment protocol.