Massachusetts shelters reach out to homeless during cold
BOSTON (AP) — With temperatures across Massachusetts not expected to rise above freezing for days, politicians and advocates for the homeless are particularly concerned about getting as many people as possible into shelters.
Boston’s Pine Street Inn sends a van with outreach workers around to persuade people to spend the night inside, but some prefer the streets.
A shelter spokeswoman says if people don’t want to come to a shelter, they’re given blankets, warm clothing and a hot beverage, and informed of the dangers of extreme cold.
Segundo Rivera and Sean Stuart tell the Boston Herald they’re not comfortable spending the night in a shelter. Rivera says “We’ve lived out here so long it’s like honestly, this is comfortable for us.”
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged residents to check on neighbors who live alone.