As the state’s shelter system fills to capacity because of an influx of unauthorized immigrants, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey issued a warning on Monday that the state can no longer guarantee housing for migrant families.
During a press conference at the state House, Healey, a Democrat, stated that “we are entering a new phase of this challenge — we can no longer guarantee shelter placement for families who are sent here.”
According to officials, the shelter system in Massachusetts is currently hosting around 23,000 people, including about 7,000 families.
A total of 24,000 people or 7,500 families can be housed in the system, and officials predict that it will be fully utilized by the end of October.
As the winter months get underway, Healey said, families with greater requirements, including as those with health and safety problems, will receive priority for housing.
Healey stated that Massachusetts will continue to fulfill its legal commitment to provide “right to shelter” for migrant and homeless families.
Healey proclaimed a state of emergency about the migrant crisis in August and activated 250 members of the state National Guard to assist shelters and lodgings that are sheltering migrants.
Since then, Healey has encouraged the Biden administration to help Massachusetts with the crisis and to expedite the approval of work visas for immigrants.