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YMCA in Boston’s Chinatown offering services to migrant families

Amidst a shelter crisis, the Wang YMCA in Boston’s Chinatown is offering daytime services to migrant families, Mass Live reports.

Several migrant families are currently staying at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation headquarters while they wait for a spot in the state’s shelter system. According to WGBH, the state says 7,489 families enrolled in the shelter system, and 91 families are on a waitlist.

The YMCA branch in Chinatown is providing migrant families with food, luggage storage and programming throughout the day. Around 25 families came to the YMCA on Monday, and 9 of those families were placed in state-funded shelters on Tuesday, WHDH reports.

“We were already talking with the state about overnight shelter and what the possibilities would be there, and then that just begot this conversation about we’re two blocks away from the Y, can you guys coordinate day services?” David Shapiro, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, said, according to WHDH.

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