ISD inspectors will fan out across Mass and Cass today posting notices that the city will start removing all "tents, tarps and other temporary structures" in the area on Nov. 1, Mayor Wu announced today - adding the state has approved Boston's plans to rebuild the Long Island bridge and that the city is now looking for a project-management company to oversee the work, for which the city has already set aside $81 million.
The announcements come the day after the City Council approved an ordinance letting the city immediately remove tents rather than waiting at least 48 hours after providing notice.
Under the new policy, tent removal will be paired with transportation for current denizens to one of several possible locations: A "low-threshold" housing site, a homeless shelter, a treatment program or to their family. The city will provide storage for their personal belongings. Along with this, the city will maintain "real-time inventory of available safe sleeping space" for people being moved out. Also:
Some medical services to support unsheltered residents will be temporarily relocated. The Boston Public Health Commission, in partnership with Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), will open a temporary site at 774 Albany Street for clinical services so that individuals have uninterrupted access to care during the transition. Security will be stationed inside and outside the temporary site on a 24/7 basis.
To make room for people now sleeping on streets such as Atkinson Street, the city will add 30 "temporary transitional beds" to a BPHC building at
Wu said that the current goal for Long Island is to have the bridge - long and ultimately unsuccessfully opposed by Quincy - rebuilt within four years, and to have buildings on the long dormant campus there rehabbed in time to accept patients.