‘There is an urgency’: Janey unveils Mass. and Cass plan as city declares addiction and homelessness a public health crisis

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October 19, 2021

Boston Globe

Boston officials on Tuesday suggested they are preparing to remove the sprawling encampment of tents that has sprung up near Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, the heart of the city’s addiction and homelessness crisis.

As part of a concerted effort to get people there shelter and help, Boston officials on Tuesday declared the situation at Mass. and Cass a public health crisis, while in a separate order, Acting Mayor Kim Janey said, “Tents and temporary shelters will no longer be allowed on the public ways in the City of Boston.”

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