James T. Cuddy writes: We applaud the Patrick-Murray administration for changing the emphasis away from emergency shelter to more permanent housing options. Sadly, emergency shelter is occasionally necessary and must be available. However, long-term shelter as a way of life is a failed model, and the new approach is a big step in the right direction.
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