May 18, 2024

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“We have now felt superb about what we’ve seen within the final a number of weeks.”

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu mentioned Thursday that no arrests have been made beneath a brand new metropolis ordinance that offers police the flexibility to clear tent encampments extra shortly within the metropolis because the laws began being carried out earlier this month.

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The town started clearing the encampments round Mass. and Cass on the finish of October prematurely of enforcement of the ordinance, which was permitted by Boston Metropolis Council and provides police the flexibility to clear momentary buildings extra shortly.

Wu mentioned throughout an look on WGBH’s “Larger Boston” on Thursday mentioned the town’s latest work round Mass. and Cass, together with the ordinance, is a part of a “multi-year” development of shifting folks “alongside the spectrum” for housing and remedy in an effort to deal with the humanitarian disaster within the space, which has turn out to be the epicenter of the overlapping habit, psychological well being, and homelessness crises within the area. 

“We have now felt superb about what we’ve seen within the final a number of weeks,” Wu mentioned. 

She mentioned she felt assured that the town’s method is one they are going to be capable to maintain over the long term.

“We’re ready for the winter after which we now have plans going so we may be prepared when spring and summer season when the climate warms up once more,” she mentioned. 

The mayor mentioned the ordinance builds on her administration’s earlier efforts to attach folks within the space to placement in housing and remedy via infrastructure that was arrange in January 2022. What was missing with that infrastructure, she mentioned, was the flexibility to instantly reply to encampments as they popped up. 

The ordinance, she mentioned, is one piece of constructing certain all of the components of the town’s response to the overlapping crises are on the identical web page. 

For the reason that ordinance went into impact, Wu mentioned there have been no arrests beneath it “in any respect.”

“There hasn’t been a necessity for this explicit kind of enforcement as a result of the general public who had been dwelling in tents and encampments had been positioned,” Wu mentioned.

Tania Del Rio, the town’s Coordinated Response Workforce Director, mentioned in the course of the section that of the 102 individuals who had been positioned into different conditions when Atkinson Avenue was cleared, 73 had been positioned in a low threshold housing unit. Twenty folks had been despatched to a shelter and others had been reunited with mates or members of the family. 

Boston Medical Middle officers have mentioned that because the close by encampment was cleared, they’ve seen a rise within the variety of folks in search of shelter on the hospital’s campus.

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