“We were realizing what a big problem this is. We needed to take a larger, more system-based response to it.”
For days, he and his crew had been converting dorm rooms into shelters for those experiencing homelessness while the predicted peak of coronavirus pandemic looms. “I felt like I needed to do my part to help, and this was my chance.”
“They’re staying at a friend’s house. They’re staying with an aunt. They’re not staying at Park Street station at one o’clock at night freezing.”
From cases where landlords hiked the rental price of apartments and living spaces by 30 to 40% in less than a day, to violations of Boston’s five-or-more rule, problems persist.
“They tell us, they put up signs, but many don’t read them or ignore them and don’t want to listen, either. None of these people are understanding what we have in front of us.”