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    Walsh seeks to hire consultant to improve city’s homeless shelter system

    Mayor Martin J. Walsh vowed earlier this month to rebuild the bridge to Long Island, proclaiming that the former base of homeless shelters and rehabilitation programs will once again play “a vital role in Boston’s recovery landscape.”
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    Mayor Martin J. Walsh vowed earlier this month to rebuild the bridge to Long Island, proclaiming that the former base of homeless shelters and rehabilitation programs will once again play “a vital role in Boston’s recovery landscape.”

    The City of Boston is looking to hire a consultant to help modernize its system for sheltering the homeless population, Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s office said Friday.

    Responses to the city’s request for proposals, or RFP, are due by Feb. 20.

    The goal is to redesign the shelter system to “better support people experiencing homelessness in exiting shelter as quickly as possible, and to ensure that people seeking shelter are quickly connected with the right resources,” Walsh’s office said in a statement.

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    The mayor said the city has made significant progress in its efforts to end chronic and veteran homelessness.

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    “There is more work to be done though, and modernizing our shelter system will make sure that if a person becomes homeless, they are assessed and quickly connected with the right services to help them get back on their feet,” Walsh said in the release.

    The city said there are people entering Boston’s four largest adult shelters who have “viable alternatives” to the facilities. They may require different types of assistance, such as family mediation, in-patient treatment, or nursing home care to become stable in housing, according to the release.

    Friday’s announcement came after Walsh vowed earlier this month to rebuild the bridge to Long Island, proclaiming that the former base of homeless shelters and rehabilitation programs will once again play “a vital role in Boston’s recovery landscape.”

    Walsh ordered an emergency evacuation of the island and the closure of the aging bridge in 2014 because of safety concerns, forcing the relocation of more than 400 homeless people and up to 300 others in recovery programs on the island.

    Milton J. Valencia of the Globe staff contributed to this report.