Holyoke residents voice concerns over homeless hotels

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A meeting was held Thursday night in Holyoke for residents to voice their concerns about homeless families living in hotels.

Wednesday night, city leaders and state representatives met to discuss the problem, and Thursday, one resident told 22News state leaders need to reevaluate what it means to be a Massachusetts resident, citing how anyone can come to the state, to reap the homeless benefits we offer.

Doug Loughrey said, “I think people want to see something tangible done to address it. It seems like the can gets pushed along or maybe passed along from city to city with no real resolution to addressing the problem.”

Holyoke City Councilor Linda Vacon said it costs taxpayers nearly half a million dollars a year to support homeless families in hotels.

Residents say they hope state leaders change the law, and require at least six months state residency before the homeless can collect benefits.

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