Neighbors say a graphic video of a s€x act occurring in public in Boston’s Mass and Cass corridor shows something they’ve seen many times beforeMass. and Cass
the Boston intersection that serves as the epicenter of the commonwealth’s substance abuse and homelessness problem – is simply the most visible example of a statewide problem that requires a statewide solution, community mobilizers, public health experts and legislators say.
The tent city located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard has generated lots of headlines and little in the way of concrete solutions to date. Boston neighbors – and communities bordering Boston – have disagreed on who should deal with the issue, until now.
Community members, such as Murphy-Smith, and state legislators argue that while the state’s opioid and homelessness crisis might be the most visible at the corner of Mass. and Cass, it demonstrates a plague of addiction and homelessness that threatens to take over each corner of the commonwealth.
The state definitely has to play a role because not everybody who’s at [Mass. and Cass] is from Boston or the Greater Boston area,” said Sen.
John Keenan, D-Quincy, Senate Chair of the Legislature’s Committee on Housing. “They come from all over the commonwealth for a variety of reasons, so every community in the commonwealth and the commonwealth itself has an obligation to address homelessness and substance abuse issues.
”As of December, the Baker administration has also committed funding for 38 syringe service programs and the creation of 33 overdose education and naloxone-distribution sites, and it plans to create a temporary housing
“cottage community” on the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital campus that would provide the type of personalized housing mentioned by Sabadosa