Mayor Wu today announced the city's "warm weather" plan to deal with Mass and Cass: Basically, more services decentralized across the city, with transportation to get people from the troubled intersection to new "day centers" in other neighborhoods. Read more.
More housing, services as Boston tries to shrink Mass and Cass; plan will include new 'day centers' in other neighborhoods
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Wu said tent removal only part of a longer-term project.
City Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) wants to cut a break for property owners in Newmarket Square for everything they have to put up with these days. Read more.
Live Boston reports crews removing tents from the Mass and Cass area or patrolling the area n Monday and Tuesday found two bodies. Read more.
The South End-Roxbury Community Partnership posted this photo tonight of Southampton Street, home to a city shelter and a key congregating point for people at Mass and Cass.Read more.
Mayor Wu said today that 83 people who had been living in tents along Methadone Mile have been placed in new, "low-threshold" housing - with heat, hot water and ready access to counseling and health services. Read more.
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." Read more.
Volunteers of America reports it's re-opened its Hello House, its residential recovery center in a brownstone on Mass. Ave. near Harrison Avenue. Read more.
Man who picked up and helped kill a Combat Zone prostitute in the 1990s is still picking up prostitutes, allegedly
Live Boston 617 surveys the life of Shawn Kane, arrested recently for soliciting a woman for sex along Methadone Mile.
WBZ Newsradio reports Mayor Wu has ended the city program to make people leave Methadone Mile by removing their tents, at least until after an ACLU lawsuit over the practice is resolved. A Suffolk Superior Court judge could decide today whether to grant a temporary restraining order to block the removals while the case is pending.
State to set up temporary housing for Mass/Cass homeless at Shattuck Hospital campus in Franklin Park
The state next month will set up a "temporary cottage community" on the grounds of Shattuck Hospital in Franklin Park to house and care for up to 30 people who now live - or try to live - in tents along Methadone Mile, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mary Lou Sudders said today. Read more.
Public-health doctor who led state's initial Covid-19 response to head Boston's Mass and Cass effort
Mayor-elect Michelle Wu said today she plans to appoint Dr. Monica Bharel, who served as commissioner of the state Department of Public Health as Covid-19 exploded, to serve as the cabinet-level head of the city's efforts to do something about Mass and Cass after Wu takes office on Tuesday. Read more.
ACLU sues to block further Mass and Cass de-tenting without better housing and treatment for tent owners
The ACLU and a private law firm have sued the city of Boston over its current program to remove tents and their occupants from Mass and Cass, saying that despite what Acting Mayor Kim Janey claims, many of the displaced people are not being put in housing or treatment programs and their property seized and destroyed, in violation of their rights against cruel and unusual punishment and for due process. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board could vote tomorrow whether to allow Total Wine to open a 23,000-square-foot store in the South Bay mall, where the OfficeMax used to be. Read more.
Remember when Janey said Mass-and-Cass residents would be put in jail cells only as an absolute last resort?
Yeah, about that. GBH reports on today's Not Operation Clean Sweep, including the court appearance of one man whom both the public defender and the Suffolk County assistant DA asked Judge Paul Treseler to send to a treatment program instead of to a jail in Fitchburg:
“Okay,” Treseler responded, denying both requests. “He’s going to Fitchburg.”
WBUR reports on a three-hour operation to remove about a dozen tents, part of the city's new ban on public tent living.
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