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Seeking Solutions For Homeless Following Long Island Bridge Closure08:43

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As the weather turns colder, non-profits that serve people experiencing homelessness are preparing for an increase in the number of people needing services. It happens every winter, but it's a bit more complicated in Boston this year.

Last month, Mayor Marty Walsh closed the Long Island Bridge because of safety concerns. The closure displaced more than 700 people, some of whom are now sleeping on the streets.

So this winter, the city and non-profits have two pressing questions to answer: how to immediately accommodate more people who need shelter and what to do to tackle homelessness in the long term.


Jessie Gaeta, medical director of Boston Health Care for the Homeless.


WBUR: Long Island Bridge Closure Makes Plight Of Homeless ‘Palpable’

  • “This has made the precarious nature and the plight of the lives of homeless people very palpable and vivid, in a community that doesn’t always see that in part because of the services that we provide."

WBUR: Hundreds Call On City To Aid Those Displaced By Long Island Homeless Shelter Closure

  • “Women may choose to stay in very dangerous situations or doubling up with friends because it’s safer — because there are no choices.”

This article was originally published on November 17, 2014.

This segment aired on November 17, 2014.

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