Massachusetts is the only state in the nation with a law that guarantees unhoused families the right to shelter. But recently, amid a surge of migrants entering the state, Gov. Maura Healey announced that when the shelter system's load reaches 7,500 families, there simply won't be anywhere to put additional people.
Healey's decision to cap the system at 7,500 families elicited a court challenge, but this week a state judge said the policy passes legal muster.
So what will happen to unhoused families once the cap kicks in? Might the Massachusetts Legislature take action to provide more housing options? And are their political risks for the governor as she tries to craft an effective local response to a crisis that's national in scope? Adam Reilly discusses with GBH News' Katie Lannan and Politico's Lisa Kashinsky.