Last week, the Boston City Council passed an ordinance banning tent encampments in the city. The ordinance focuses on the area around Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard known as "Mass and Cass," which has become a center for homelessness and drug use in Boston.
Under the ordinance, which was originally proposed by Mayor Michelle Wu and passed by the council with some changes, the city can not clear a tent until the people living there have been offered alternative shelter. The rule is set to go into effect this Wednesday, November 1.
WBUR Reporter Deborah Becker joins The Common with more on what's expected to happen at "Mass and Cass" this week, and what's next for those who currently live in the area.