FEMA Awards Massachusetts More Than $1.4 Million In Shelter Reimbursement

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Massachusetts is about to get a large reimbursement for providing shelter to those who were homeless during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sending more than $1.4 million to the Commonwealth to cover the cost of operating two Boston homeless shelters during the pandemic.

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Going to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), the funds will cover the increased costs of sheltering the homeless from March 2020 to March 2021.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist Massachusetts with these costs,” said FEMA Region I Acting Regional Administrator Paul Ford. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

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This sheltering took place at a 250-bed Suffolk University dormitory on Somerset Street in Beacon Hill and at an 84-bed shelter for men on Commonwealth Avenue. During this time, the DHCD contracted with the Boston Public Health Commission to safely shelter individuals who either tested positive for or were suspected to have COVID-19.

This funding adds to the nearly $835 million in Public Assistance grants that FEMA has granted Massachusetts thus far for reimbursement for pandemic-related expenses.

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