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As of yesterday, the state was putting up 1,710 families in motels around the state at $82 per family — a cost of $140,220 per day.
It marks a sudden spike from a daily caseload that was already trending up from 1,251 families in March to 1,369 in July, according to the Department of Housing and Community Development.
“People are basically frightened,” said John J. Drew, president and CEO of the community agency Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD).
“They’re sitting in a hotel or motel with a hot plate, no transportation and looking around and saying, ‘Where do we go from here?’ ... There’s no exit strategy to empty the hotels and motels. I wish I can say I’m hopeful but I don’t see it.”