The number of homeless families in Massachusetts has more than doubled in nine years, an increase that’s among the highest in the nation, according to a report released Thursday by the Boston Foundation.
More than 33,000 families— or more than 100,000 people— have spent at least one night in a homeless shelter since 2008, said the report, which analyzed the statewide housing trend of families. Families make up more than half the state’s homeless population, a reality in only one other state (New York), according to the report.
“While most of this report focuses on the numbers and percentages, it is impossible to read it without thinking about the people behind the statistics: the families, especially the children, whose heartbreaking struggles with homelessness are influencing virtually everything about their lives and futures,” Paul S. Grogan, president of the foundation, wrote in the report.
In my opinion, ending homelessness should be the top priority of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
But it goes beyond the politicians.
Unless all of us who live in Massachusetts become more empathetic, the crisis will only worsen.
“Let him not destroy, or cause to be destroyed, any life at all, nor sanction the acts of those who do so. Let him refrain from even hurting any creature, both those that are strong and those that tremble in the world.”
Guatama Siddhartha Buddha, Sutta-Nipata