(FixThisNation.com) – On November 1, a new rule by Michelle Wu, the mayor of Boston will be enacted giving policy the right to dismantle a homeless tent city that is located in one of the city’s neighborhoods. Reportedly the tent city has been the center of several crimes and has been used to shield drug usage.
The city is located in an area known as “Methadone Mile,” which is Boston’s south part at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard. For years the area has been filled with tarp covers and tents and has been home to many of the city’s drug users who are struggling with addiction.
The area has also become a crime hub which has led to Michelle Wu starting the process of having the tent city dismantled.
The Boston Herald noted in a report that the city’s residents had been notified about the new rules in many different languages. It was also noted that any newcomers to the encampment are going to be meeting with law enforcement and social workers who will inform them that setting up tents in the area is no longer allowed.
In an interview with WCVB, a local outlet, Wu argued that there was “no magic wand” to be used that would allow them to solve the very complex issues relating to mental health, homelessness, and the opiate crisis. However, she pointed out that in Boston they had a fairly good idea of who required access to services and more important how to get those people connected to the necessary services.
Wu has consistently been trying to get people access to services, however, according to reports, the number of those getting access has dropped from 200 to 80-90 each day.
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