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Major Homeless Shelter Closure Meets Sub-Zero Boston Weather

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January 8th, 2015
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The Nonprofit Quarterly

The precipitous closure of a bridge in Boston this past fall closed off access to one of the city’s largest shelters and substance-abuse treatment sites right as winter loomed. Although everyone in the sheltering and treatment communities has been working hard to make extra space, the issue has now become critical as Boston looks forward to frigid, sub-zero temperatures over the next few days even as demolition of the bridge begins.

More than 500 homeless beds and another 200 treatment beds were lost when the bridge was closed without notice on October 8th. Since then, a patchwork of beds has been set up in other shelter facilities, but the plunging temperatures have increased the immediacy of the situation.

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