Dear Friend,

The numbers just keep going up and up without end.

According to a report by the Boston Herald, Massachusetts is spending about $75 million a month on state-run shelters. Meanwhile, the state Senate voted last week to spend up to $840 million over the next two years to shelter migrants in this state – without any guarantees that even this astronomical amount will be enough.

I believe it’s unfair and unreasonable for Massachusetts to be looking to taxpayers to fund these costs to shelter and support migrants. I know first-hand that we have United States citizens right here in the district I represent who are homeless – including veterans – and who need our help and support. And yet, these families go wanting while others benefit at their expense.

So, I’ve decided to take action.

Our state Right to Shelter Law was intended to provide emergency shelter and support services to Massachusetts residents who fall on hard times and need immediate help. That’s a fine policy. But, the law never was intended to provide shelter to migrant families seeking entry and residency in this country. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what it’s being used for today – and that’s wrong.

I have joined with several other legislative colleagues to file a bill to clarify that our state’s Right to Shelter Law should be used only to fund emergency services for United States Citizens. It’s time to put an end to the state’s out-of-control spending and dedicate taxpayer funds back to provide essential services to Massachusetts residents. That’s the way it’s always been, and it’s the right thing to do.

Will you please join with me in supporting this important bill? I’m collecting names of supporters to send to House leadership to encourage them to release this bill to the floor for a debate. Will you please consider adding your name to the list, and ask your friends and neighbors to sign up too? It is important to make our collective voice heard.

Thank you for your support.


Steven G. Xiarhos (R – 5th Barnstable)
State Representative