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Massachusetts announced a plan Tuesday to temporarily use a community center as a housing facility for its influx of immigrants.

Gov. Charlie Baker (R) and Lieutenant Gov. Karyn Polito revealed their plan to open the Bob Eisengrein Community Center in Devens, Massachusetts, to temporarily house some 11,000 immigrants that have arrived in the state this year.

The community center, opening in early December for four months, can house 60 families or 125 individuals while providing food, human services, and possible enrollment in state benefits. Devens is already a reformed U.S. Army base housing 950 residents and 100 businesses, nonprofit groups, and government organizations.


This comes as the state also prepares to transition its Salem State University housing complex, which has been abandoned, into a similar structure to house 60 more families. Massachusetts' Emergency Assistance system has already reached 100% capacity, according to Baker. When 50 immigrants arrived in Martha's Vineyard in September, the island's shelter coordinator Lisa Belcastro admitted they did not have the housing or services to assist them.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker addresses the Massachusetts Republican Convention at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., Saturday, April 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Last week, Baker filed a $139 million budget toward the right-to-shelter state's emergency shelter placement, allotting $20 million for an entirely new temporary intake center. This budget will "provide resources to expand emergency shelter capacity to address an uptick in need for these services, which is driven in part by a recent increase in migrant entries to Massachusetts, due to federal immigration policy," according to the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.


In addition to the increased number of immigrants, Massachusetts is dealing with a homeless population of 13,944, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2021 Annual Homeless Assessment Report. While this represents a 16% decrease in unhoused individuals from the year before, it is a slight increase since 2007.

Mexican border camps have also experienced an influx of thousands of immigrants, under a promise of expedited legal status upon transferring to an American point of entry.

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Horoscopes | Horoscopes Dec. 4, 2022: Jay-Z, strive for simplicity

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Tyra Banks, 49; Jay-Z, 53; Marisa Tomei, 58; Jeff Bridges, 73.

Tyra Banks (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP) 

Happy Birthday: An optimistic attitude and patience will help you process and deal with whatever comes your way this year. Break down the cost, time and energy required to improve your life, relationships and how you handle your money. A prudent mindset and plan will help you live within your means. Strive for simplicity and moderation. Your numbers are 6, 17, 22, 32, 34, 38, 43.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Spruce up your looks, engage in pursuits that offer wisdom and experience, and connect with people in the know and eager to explore new pastimes and possibilities. Personal gain, love and romance are in the stars, and financial gain looks promising. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You may crave change, but before you dive in, do your due diligence and find out exactly what you get for what you give. Ask a question, rummage through the possibilities, see who is heading in the same direction and make things happen. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Nurture meaningful relationships, and you’ll get the help you need to make life better. Take care of your responsibilities early and move on to fun times with people who offer mental stimulation or physical challenges that keep you in shape. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Go over statistics that can change how you do things. Don’t be afraid to take the road less traveled. Looking for unique people and pastimes will spark your imagination and give insight into how to use your skills benevolently. 4 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t overspend. Take a hike with someone you love or attend an event that offers a challenge geared toward self-improvement on a fixed income. A little help will go a long way and make a difference in how you proceed. 2 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Study, be inquisitive and share your feelings. How you express yourself and the care you take when helping others will be how people judge you. Don’t let anger ruin your day. Focus on what’s important and stay on course. 5 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A passionate attitude will draw people to your side. Time spent with friends, relatives or peers will be informative and help you decide where and how you want to live and who you want to have by your side. Romance is favored. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Start a project that opens your mind to a host of opportunities, but under no circumstances should you lay your money on the table prematurely. Find out the cost involved and pay only for what you need. Rethink how best to use your skills. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Take domestic matters in stride and accommodate others without letting anyone take advantage of you mentally, emotionally or financially. A positive attitude may keep the peace, but don’t fear enforcing your opinion or taking the path that makes you happy. 3 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Share your thoughts with a friend, relative or peer, and you will receive input that will help you manage your personal life and finances efficiently. Sticking to the basics will help you avoid making a poor judgment call involving how you handle the cash flow. 5 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Display a poker face, and you’ll dodge a bullet. The less information you offer, the easier it will be to get things done according to plan. Put your energy and effort into your home and comfort, and make plans to entertain loved ones. 2 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You’ll gain insight into how others do things. Adopt a method that has worked flawlessly for someone you admire, and you’ll find the perfect fit for what you want to achieve. Don’t take physical risks or do anything to hurt your reputation. 4 stars

Birthday Baby: You are forceful, playful and sensitive. You are energetic and munificent.

1 star: Avoid conflicts; work behind the scenes. 2 stars: You can accomplish, but don’t rely on others. 3 stars: Focus and you’ll reach your goals. 4 stars: Aim high; start new projects. 5 stars: Nothing can stop you; go for gold.

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