CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There is good news and there’s bad news. The good news is the state is reporting a nearly 10% decline in families needing shelter in hotels since December
However, the 22News I-Team requested the latest numbers and found since June there are more families living in the hotels and motels in Greenfield, Chicopee and Holyoke. The numbers are down in Springfield and in the Quality Inn in West Springfield where just a few years ago had dozens of families.
The I-Team asked about the increase in the other communities and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development Spokesman Matt Sheaff said their numbers will typically spike in the summer, but they are working to find permanent housing for the families.
Below is a statement from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development regarding the sheltering of homeless families:
“The Patrick Administration has made historic investments in homelessness prevention and the creation of affordable housing, a two part strategy for reducing homelessness across the state As a result, the Department of Housing and Community Development transitioned 5,518 families out of emergency shelter and into affordable housing last fiscal year. We continue to work with the Legislature, local providers, non-profit organizations and advocacy groups to provide critical services for those in need.”