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State will not pursue eviction of Iraqi refugees from motel

April 27, 2016

SAUGUS, Mass. (AP) — State officials have abandoned plans to evict a family of nine Iraqi refugees now living in suburban Boston for allowing guests in their state-subsidized motel room.

The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1SzVwch ) state policy prohibits homeless residents staying in state-subsidized hotel rooms from having visitors.

Ahmed al Rubaye says members from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development visited his family’s rooms at the Colonial Traveler Inn in Saugus on Friday and accused them of violating the emergency shelter policy.

Agency officials declined to comment.

The alleged violations were for allowing two friends of the family to visit as well as a Globe reporter and photographer who were profiling the family’s struggles.

Rubaye says he was notified Tuesday that the state changed its mind and will not pursue the eviction.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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