Springfield is still struggling to help refugees

The situation has not improved since last year

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno says more still needs to be done to curb the refugee crisis in the City.

Mayor Sarno told 22News that today the City is struggling to support the number of families coming in from outside countries.

It’s an issue 22News told you about last summer and since then, the Mayor says the situation has not improved. He says it’s putting a strain on the city’s services and he needs other communities to help.

“Springfield and urban cities across America take the brunt of refugees,” said Mayor Sarno. “Subsidized housing, homelessness, yet when I ask for a regional approach, a regional outreach, we need help with our sister and brother regional towns, it almost comes back with a snicker or a laugh.”

22News called two agencies that helps place the families. Click Here to read a statement from the Jewish Family Services.

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