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State Rep. Wants ‘Proof Of Residency’ For Homeless Program

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A Boston hotel room that was used by a homeless family as part of the state program.

A Boston hotel room that was used by a homeless family as part of the state program.

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BOSTON (CBS) – It’s meant to be a safety net to keep homeless families off the street, but a state representative is pushing for restrictions on a rule that allows homeless families to live in motels when shelters are full.

But now a state lawmaker wants to put some restrictions in place.

Representative Ted Speliotis says too many out-of-state families are taking advantage of the program.

He wants to see the state pass a requirement that forces family to prove they’ve lived in Massachusetts for at least six months.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic reports

Speliotis says when the program was used in the past, it was a short term solution for people.

But now families are staying in hotels for well over a year.

48 states use waiting lists when homeless shelters are full.

“With our economy doing so much better and the rest of the country not providing this service, I’m afraid we’re gaining a reputation as a friendly welfare state,” Speliotis told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mark Katic.

Speliotis isn’t sure how much support there is for his idea, but says it’s a good starting point for debate.

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