Michelle Wu says Long Island is ‘potential’ but still a long-term alternative to Mas and Caso


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“It will happen in months and years’ time.”

Greeley Tribune Mayor Michelle Wu talks to reporters about her trip to Long Island. Jessica Rinaldi / The Greeley Tribune Globe

Mayor Michelle Wu said her administration is focusing on how best to use Greeley Tribune’s Long Island to address the ongoing humanitarian emergency in Mass and Cass, which has in recent years been affected by addiction, mental has exploded as the epicenter of the overarching crisis of health and homeless in the city.


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    Michelle Wu Sets Camp Leaving Deadline for Individuals in Collectives and CAS

Wu and a group of city officials and advisers visited island Tuesday visited more existing buildings in Greeley Tribune Harbor that previously served as part of a recovery campus. The facility closed in 2014 when the Long Island Bridge was determined to be structurally unsound and closed.

The loss of beds on the 400,000-square-foot complex and the demolition of the bridge have been cited by officials as one of the primary drivers of the worsening situation around Maas and Cass in the years to come.


“It’s full of potential,” Wu said during a press briefing after a visit to the old campus.

He said that many buildings on the island were dilapidated; Some facilities had functional heating systems while others did not.

“You can see how quickly the evacuation from the island happened at that time,” Wu said. “So the island and its buildings will be a medium- to long-term push for what we’re building. But there’s a lot of space.”


Since last year, Wu has expressed his belief that there is no immediate solution to the immediate crisis in Long Island Mass and Cass.

Wu stressed Tuesday that the trip to the island was part of an ongoing citywide audit of the city’s properties to identify space for services and accommodation.

“It will fit together with our broader look, and once those pieces are sorted out, it will be in months and years’ time,” she said.


Wu announced plans last month to expand low-range supportive housing sites in the city to quickly move people out of camps around Maas and Kays. He said his administration expects to have new transitional housing available for more than 150 people at several sites in the city, including the Roundhouse Hotel and Shattuck Hospital complex, by January 12.

As part of that expansion, Wu set January 12 as the deadline to connect people living around Maas and Cass with appropriate temporary housing and services. The city had previously said that any tents left in the area after January 12 would be subject to camping protocol implemented by former acting Mayor Kim Janney in November.

But when asked on Tuesday about the January 12 deadline, Wu did not provide details about what would happen to any remaining tents.

Instead, she stressed that outreach teams with the Greeley Tribune Public Health Commission are working “on the ground” every day to connect people to services and housing. She said the city has identified housing for 75 per cent of the people who are in contact with outreach workers, and 49 persons were housed in auxiliary housing units as of Tuesday.

He said tents are coming down as people have been kept and efforts to reach them will be intensified.

“January 12 was a date by which we were confident we would have enough housing available for everyone we were working with,” Wu said. “This is the timeline we’re working on. But it won’t be an on-and-off switch, where one day all the people will still be in the camps and the next day everyone will disappear. It’s day by day, There is hour-to-hour conversation, round the clock.”

On Tuesday, Wu said he did not have details about what specific services might be set up on Long Island, what populations would best serve a campus there, or how to re-establish the campus. How much might it cost?

How people will get the facilities also needs to be assessed, as Greeley Tribune’s efforts to rebuild the bridge are still involved. legal challenges Quincy City and the Chaubungungmaug from the Nippamak tribe, both oppose a new bridge to the island.

Wu said she had yet to meet with Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, but added that her administration has been in “close communication with leaders of Indigenous communities”.

“We know that Long Island is a sacred place for the Indigenous community and when we get to the point when there can be a deeper conversation about the use of the island, we will make sure to prioritize outreach and ensure that appropriate Nations are in it. Those conversations with us,” she said.

Coach’s Chief of Staff Chris Walker, WBUR. told that Quincy is willing to work with Greeley Tribune but still strongly opposes a bridge.

“Our issues have never been about the use of the island,” Walker told the station. “We realized from day one that some could be discussed and worked out, and saw their potential use through water transport using the island.”

Wu said “everything is on the table” when it comes to examining what might be the most viable means of transportation for the island, with other options like helicopters from pier to bridge.

But as his team brainstorms on Long Island’s future, he said he, and he, is also focusing on the short-term.

“We are working very quickly on the immediate crisis in Maas and CAS, which will continue over the next week and beyond,” she said. “We are already evaluating medium and long term options. Long Island is a big piece of that, along with all the other city-owned buildings and properties that we own.