On Wednesday social workers and Boston employees removed the encampments in the so-called "Mass. and Cass" neighborhood, around Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard in Boston. Cold temperatures drove the city's deadline, as well as the time needed to secure enough alternate housing for the encampment residents, many of whom have struggled with mental health and addiction issues. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu updated the city early Thursday, saying 154 people were placed in shelters and other alternate housing and that efforts continue to find shelter for those who remain unhoused. We speak with WBUR reporter Deborah Becker who has been following the situation at "Mass. and Cass" and was onsite during the clearing.
This segment aired on January 13, 2022.