Shrewsbury Footing The Bill For Dozens Of Homeless Families Living In Motel

CBS Boston

SHREWSBURY (CBS) — Town officials say they wish they had been given a heads up before 60 homeless families were placed at the Days Inn located on Route 9.

Now, it’s up to the town to shoulder the unexpected burden, including costs to educate more than 100 homeless children.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

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Under the federal McKinney-Venton Homeless Assistance Act, school districts must provide transportation of  homeless students who are placed in motels and other temporary housing outside their hometown.

“These rooms become available on a very short notice apparently. This facility became available and they started moving families in and we had no warning,” Town Manager Dan Morgato said. “Just for our school department to have a week or two notice that they are going to receive x amount…

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