By Matt Murphy
Emergency shelters across Massachusetts will run out of money on Saturday, according to the Baker administration and legislative officials, who say they are taking steps to ensure that the family shelters for the homeless do not close their doors or cut back on services.
The situation has come about because of an impasse between the House and Senate on a roughly $350 million spending bill loaded with outside policy sections that have nothing to do with funding homeless shelters. Both branches approved tens of millions of dollars in their respective bills to finance the shelters.
When Governor Charlie Baker urged the state Legislature to act quickly on his midyear spending bill filed late last month, he likely had this very situation in mind, cautioning that there were agencies and programs with “time-sensitive” funding needs demanding action before the end of March.