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Boston plan to house migrants at former veterans’ shelter is slammed as ‘disgusting’

Chelsea Soldiers Home in Boston Massachusetts residents are outraged at recently announced plans to turn a former Boston area veteran housing unit into a homeless shelter as the city is inundated with migrants. Democrat Governor Maura Healey revealed the government will turn the former Chelsea Soldiers' Home facility, which is vacant and scheduled for demolition, into a safety-net site in April. It will be able to accommodate 100 families who are eligible for the state's Emergency Assistance family shelter system, which has been operating at capacity for months. Residents of the Bay State, however, are furious that the former veteran housing facility is being turned into migrant shelter when on a single night in 2023 there were 545 veterans experiencing homelessness in Massachusetts, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Local Dick McGrath said on Facebook: 'Is it me, or is there something wrong with putting migrants in the Chelsea Soldiers Home instead of homeless veterans?'

A plan to turn a former Boston-area veterans’ home into a shelter for hundreds of migrants has been slammed as “disgusting” by local residents, who say Massachusetts’ services should instead go to the nation’s heroes.

Democratic Gov. Maura Healey announced last week she would convert the historic Chelsea Soldiers’ Home — which was vacant and scheduled for demolition — into a site for 100 migrant families and pregnant women, the Boston Herald reports.

But the proposal comes as veterans continue to face homelessness in the state, with 545 vets experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2023, according to US Housing and Urban Development data.

“I can’t believe the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home which is for the Vets is going to [be] used for the immigrants overflow,” George Belmonte, a Massachusetts resident, commented on Facebook.

“How about taking care of the homeless vets first?” he asked.

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“I am all for helping people but how about taking care of those already here and homeless.”

Denise Levy also questioned why migrants would be housed at the facility for free while the veterans “who fought for our country are paying to live there.”

“Disgusting!!!” she wrote.

Single veterans who lived at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home were required to pay $30 each day with a $300 personal exemption from personal income for nursing home care at the facility, according to its website.

“Disgusting!!!” she wrote.

Those who did not need nursing home or memory care, meanwhile, forked over $10 a day with the $300 personal exemption.

But the building was shut down when the state opened a larger facility in December, Fox News reports.

Massachusetts officials now insist the new migrant housing will not affect services for veterans.

“Massachusetts has proven that we can take care of veterans and families experiencing homelessness in our state,” Secretary of Veterans Services Dr. Jon Santiago said in a statement, according to the Herald.

State officials say they need to convert the now-vacant building into a shelter to accommodate all the migrants who have entered the state in recent months.

“We have said for months now that our system is at capacity, and we do not have the space, providers or funding to continue expanding,” said emergency assistance director Scott Rice.

Chelsea City Manager Fidel Maltez added that the state is in a “crisis.”

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