News Gov. Healey declares state of emergency to address shelter system surge

Governor Maura Healey declared a state of emergency today in order to address the state’s shelter system, which has been strained by a recent spike in the number of migrants relocating to Massachusetts.

According to Healey, approximately 5,600 families are currently housed in the state’s emergency shelter system, an 80% increase from 2022.

The governor called on the federal government to remove barriers and expedite federal work authorizations for migrants, as well as to help fund new shelters.

Highlighting the extensive work being done by providers to house these migrants, Healey said that she and Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll recently met with “outstanding” staff from Centerboard at a temporary shelter site at Salem State College, who were providing 24-hour wraparound services to the families there.

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