Homeless Shelters Hunkering Down To Get Residents Inside

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) – Homeless shelters across the state are working extra hard to get people indoors before the blizzard hits this weekend.

“We will do everything we have to do to make sure people stay safe,” said Barbara Trevisan with the Pine Street Inn in Boston. She said her shelter’s outreach team will be going out early Friday night to get safety services to homeless residents.

“On a night and a day like what we’re having, the idea is we really need to get them inside.”

This comes as many shelters have had to scale back their capacity due to the pandemic. However, Trevisan said Pine Street will take in as many people as possible.

“Many of the people on the street are already medically compromised and somewhat fragile," she said. “Ultimately this could be life or death for people at the very extreme."

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People are urged to call 911 if they see someone in distress on the streets, or if they are in that position themselves. Trevisan said this is because emergency responders can often get to people much quicker than shelter teams. The City of Boston is also offering several homeless resources for cold weather.

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