Push for more to be done in the “Mass and Cass” neighborhood

A BUSINESS OWNER SAID THINGS ARE JUST GETTING WORSE. TENTS PITCHED ALL ALONG SOUTHAMPTON STREET, SKY FIVE SHOWING THE SEVERITY OF THE CRISIS IN MASS AND CASS. ♪ FRUSTRATED BUSINESS OWNERS SAY THE REGION HAS BECOME MORE DANGEROUS. >> I WAS ATTACKED. TRY TO TAKE BAGS. TAKE OUT THE KNIVES. [INDISCERNIBLE] >> JUSTICE MORNING HE PICTURED THIS PICTURE OF A STRONG SHELTER PUTTING UP AT THE DUMP BY HIS OFFICE. HE SAYS DRUG DEALERS HAVE THREATENED HIM AND THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE. >> NOW THERE IS VIOLENCE. THEY FEEL INVINCIBLE. THEY DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. >> OUR CAMERAS THERE WHILE PEOPLE WALK DIRECTLY INTO TRAFFIC. DRIVERS STOP IN THE STREET TO AVOID HITTING THEM. >> OVERALL, WE ARE IN A BETTER PLACE THAN A YEAR AGO – A YEAR AGO. >> LAST MONTH BOSTON MAYOR MICHELLE WU SAID THINGS ARE IMPROVING. >> IT IS NOT THE SAME WHERE WE WERE A YEAR AGO WITH FORTIFIED ENCAMPMENTS AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE REALLY RESIDED ON THE STREET FOR YEARS AT THIS TIME. >> SHE ALSO SAID SHE WAS WORKING ON A PLAN TO KEEP THE STREET SAFE. DIPIERRO SAYS THE CITY MUST DO MORE TO FIND A SOLUTION. >> WHAT THEY SAY AND WHAT REALLY HAPPENS IS NOT CORRECT. >>THE MAYOR’S OFFICE SENT US A STATEMENT A FEW MINUTES AGO SAYS THE CITY UNDERSTANDS THIS

Push for more to be done in Boston’s ‘Mass and Cass’ neighborhood

More than 10 months after the City of Boston began cleaning up the area near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, businesses in the area say homelessness and substance abuse plaguing the area are as serious as they were. On Tuesday, NewsCenter 5 captured video of several tents set up along sidewalks packed with dozens of people along Southampton Street. Last month, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told the WCVB that overall the situation was better than a year ago. A business owner said the area had become more dangerous over the past two months. recently. “It’s almost like it changed a bit where I was assaulted,” DiPierro said. “My secretary was attacked, trying to take bags, pulling out knives. I had five people around me looking for money.” “Since July they’ve responded to 11,353 incident calls, so that’s a lot,” Sue Sullivan, executive director of the Newmarket Business Association, told a monthly panel discussion last week. These figures do not include major 911 calls received by police in the region. Wu said in September that a steady stream of people were moving from Mass and Cass to transitional housing and from transitional housing to permanent housing. “Overall, we’re in a better place than a year ago,” the mayor said last month. . “It’s not the same as where we were a year ago with fortified encampments and people who had really been residing on the streets for years at that point.” Wu added, however, that the city has “a long way to go” when it comes to addressing issues in this area.” The City of Boston understands the urgency of addressing the crisis in this area through focused policies. equity-focused and public health-focused that address the needs of people who are homeless, with substance use disorders and behavioral health issues,” a town hall statement said Tuesday. “Each person within this population has unique needs and requires resources from a continuum of services, such as health care, behavioral health care, treatment for substance use disorders, harm reduction, etc. The City of Boston is constantly striving to connect them with the appropriate services to support their health and well-being. “Wu’s long-term plan to deal with the Mass and Cass situation includes pursuing the controversial goal of rebuilding the bridge to Long Island and creating a recovery campus on the property.

More than 10 months after the City of Boston began cleaning up the area near the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, businesses in the area say homelessness and substance abuse plaguing the area are as serious as they were.

On Tuesday, NewsCenter 5 captured video of several tents set up along sidewalks packed with dozens of people along Southampton Street.

Last month, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told the WCVB that overall the situation was better than a year ago.

A business owner said the area had become more dangerous over the past two months.

Gerry DiPierro of DiPierro Construction said local businesses have been dealing with the fallout from the Mass and Cass situation for years and said things have gotten much worse recently.

“It’s almost like it changed a bit where I was assaulted,” DiPierro said. “My secretary was assaulted, trying to grab bags, pull out knives. I had five people around me looking for money.”

“Since July they’ve responded to 11,353 trouble calls, so that’s a lot,” Sue Sullivan, executive director of the Newmarket Business Association, told a monthly panel discussion last week. These figures do not include major 911 calls received by police in the region.

Wu said in September that a steady stream of people were moving from Mass and Cass to transitional housing and from transitional housing to permanent housing.

“Overall, we’re in a better place than a year ago,” the mayor said last month. “It’s not the same as a year ago with fortified encampments and people who were really residing on the streets for years at that point.”

Wu added, however, that the city has “a long way to go” when it comes to addressing issues in this area.

“The City of Boston understands the urgency of addressing the crisis in this area through equity-focused, public health-focused policies that address the needs of people who are homeless, with substance use disorders, and behavioral health issues,” the mayor’s office said. said Tuesday. “Each person within this population has unique needs and requires resources from a continuum of services, such as health care, behavioral health care, treatment for substance use disorders, reduction harm, etc. The City of Boston is constantly striving to connect them with the appropriate services to support their health and well-being.

Wu’s long-term plan to resolve the Mass and Cass situation includes pursuing the controversial goal of rebuilding the bridge to Long Island and creating a recovery campus on the property.

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