The Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance (MHSA) said approximately 1,000 hotel and motel beds have been leased as shelter space during the pandemic, according to a WBUR report. Homeless service providers and advocates sayleasing hotels, motels, and even college dorms as shelter during the pandemic proved safer and healthier from the start.
The group Keep Massachusetts Beautiful — a statewide litter cleanup nonprofit that's been operating since 2014 — and Pick Up Mass organized a "Great Worcester Cleanup" event at University Park, the Patch reported. Pick Up Mass is a group organized to oppose nip bottle bans, which have taken effect in several Massachusetts communities.
“I've come to the belief that we spend the majority of our waking moments in our lives working and that it's important that when you wake up every single day, you should strive to be your full authentic self,” Bob Giannino, Ansin President & CEO of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, told the Boston Business Journal, which honored him with its Trailblazer Award.