Should ‘Occupy Boston’ Protestors Qualify For Homeless Services?

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Tents set up in Dewey Square for Occupy Boston.

Tents set up in Dewey Square for Occupy Boston.

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BOSTON (CBS) – Should ‘Occupy Boston’ tent dwellers qualify for homeless services in the city?

They have several services at the protest site – meals, a library, a medical tent and bathrooms across the street at South Station.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

But one thing they don’t have is a shower.

The group’s on-line newspaper tells occupiers that if they need a shower they can go to St. Francis House, a homeless shelter in the heart of downtown Boston.

But the question is – do people who choose to live in tents in Dewey Square qualify as homeless?

The fact is, some of the people living in those tents are homeless.

That’s why a spokeswoman for Boston Mayor Tom Menino told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Tuesday that “there are people there who are homeless and need the homeless services.”

She went on to say, however, though that those occupiers “who need a shower, who have homes to go to, should take a shower at home.”

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