Fort Point building in consideration of being Boston’s next overflow shelter location

By Sam Shipman

Boston officials are considering property located in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston to become one of the next overflow shelters for the large number of migrants and residents who require emergency shelter in the state.

The property being looked into is 24 Farnsworth St., a 92,000-square-foot building owned by the Unitarian Universalist Association. A UUA spokesperson confirmed Friday that the choice is being considered, but no final decisions are being made.

“Conversations are underway regarding a short-term use of the building that is in the public’s best interest and are in accordance with our values and principles as a faith tradition. We have not yet finalized those plans, but we will provide information as soon as they are,” Public Relations Director Suzanne Morse said in a statement.   

Last week, a large overflow center opened in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. This overflow center opened at the Melnea A. Cass Recreational Complex, which can currently host as many as 100 families or 400 people. 

There are currently 95 families at the shelter, with over 700 families on the waitlist for housing, a spokesperson for the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities said Friday. Hence, officials are looking into opening more shelter locations.