Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey is proposing a controversial solution to the growing homeless population in her state.
She is asking citizens of Massachusetts to consider housing illegal aliens in their guest rooms, which she has dubbed the “host family strategy”. WBUR reports that the Family Welcome Center in Allston is tasked with pairing hosts with families in need.
The tactic has been previously used by Resettlement Agencies and other volunteers who work to support new arrivals, according to Gov. Healey’s press secretary Karissa Hand.
How many migrants have already been placed in people’s homes remains unclear as does the vetting process for both hosts and those being asked to house illegal aliens.
Kelly Turley, associate director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless said this could be implemented quickly if host families and hosts come forward, making it an attractive option due to its immediacy and unmet needs.
“The addition of this layer — of adding in host homes — really seems to be because of the urgency and current unmet needs,” said Turley, according to the WBUR report. “This is something that they could get online very quickly if host families and hosts come forward.”
“We know that longer-term shelter and permanent housing would better meet the stability, safety, and service needs of newly arrived immigrants,” Turley said.
Despite this urgency however, Turley also stated that longer-term shelter and permanent housing would better meet the stability, safety, and service needs of newly arrived immigrants because it allows them more time to get settled into their new homes.
Unfortunately, former Governor Charlie Baker believes DC’s “inability” to stop the influx of migrants into the US will cost his state $139 million — a price tag he believes is too high for his constituents to shoulder alone.
“Massachusetts’ emergency shelter system provides support for thousands of families each year, but a recent uptick in new migrant arrivals, coupled with a strained housing market have led to a need for greater capacity across the system,” said Governor Baker in a statement at the time.
This proposal from Governor Healey certainly puts conservatives on edge about immigration policies as it calls into question not only how much taxpayers are expected to pay for services they did not ask for but also how secure citizens may be when living near individuals whose backgrounds are not known or vetted effectively enough before being brought into people’s homes or communities– creating a potential national security issue if left unchecked by federal authorities.
It appears that Governor Healey is attempting to solve an immediate problem while shifting responsibility away from herself onto everyday citizens – something many conservative economists might take issue with given its potential economic impacts on residents of Massachusetts who must now foot yet another bill from Washington DC that was largely caused by their own inaction.