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Former residents of the Mass and Cass encampment in Boston have begun moving into cottages built on the former Shattuck Hospital campus. The cottages will serve as temporary housing for these individuals.

The first-of-its-kind community provides heated, safe housing while meeting people where they are. CCA Vice President of Integrative Program Development and Clinical Innovation Lauren Easton noted many residents are at different points in their recovery and will have access to support services during their stay.

“Housing is a basic, fundamental human need,” CCA President and CEO Chris Palmieri said, adding a lack of housing makes it difficult to face other challenges. “Here’s an opportunity for individuals not to have to worry about if they’re going to have a warm place to sleep that they can call their own.”

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