The MetroWest Daily News: Framingham: SMOC to close day shelter

By Danielle Ameden

FRAMINGHAM – The South Middlesex Opportunity Council plans to close a downtown day shelter that hasn’t worked to get homeless people off the streets and out of trouble.

SMOC spokeswoman Jane Lane confirmed Wednesday the drop-in center in the former Salvation Army thrift shop space will close in the spring.

The social service agency opened the shelter in 2013 in collaboration with the town, and both acknowledge the experiment hasn’t worked out.

“We’re getting complaints all the time, increased police activity, you name it,” Town Manager Bob Halpin said Wednesday. “It was something that was just increasing in terms of complexity.”

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