Chinatown YMCA Opens Its Day Time Doors For Migrant Families

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — As lawmakers on Beacon Hill continue to grapple with a new spending bill, the state’s emergency shelter crisis is worsening with no additional funding coming in.

But as winter is arriving, at least there is short-term help.

The YMCA in Chinatown has opened up its doors as a daytime shelter for migrant families.

Greater Boston YMCA President David Shapiro said his facility is providing about two dozen families a place to go during the day. “We’ve set up a warm and welcoming place,” he said. “Throughout the day, the families are able to do things such as use the gym, and have lunch, while other services they can use are coming here.”

Shapiro said they are working to provide more options as hundreds of millions of dollars for the shelter system remains tied up in legislation on Beacon Hill.

WBZ's Madison Rogers (@MadisonWBZ) reports.

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