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PROVIDERS DESCRIBE STRUGGLE TO SERVE HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS [+PHOTO]

By Colin A. Young

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 16, 2017.....Massachusetts has reached a "tipping point" in the fight against homelessness, where the homeless individuals seeking shelter more frequently come through the door with complex addiction or mental health issues, service providers said Thursday.

"Before, we were trying to end homelessness and now we're trying to manage it. That's not the right way to go. It's not cost effective, it doesn't work for the taxpayers," said John Yazwinski, president and CEO of Father Bill's & MainSpring emergency shelter in Brockton. "We're not able to help people get jobs, we're not able to help people move out quickly because all we're trying to do is make sure everybody has a safe place to go."


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