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    Forum reviews transitional housing issues

    Following several weeks of questions from residents regarding the status and numbers of homeless families staying at the downtown Bedford Plaza Hotel, the Board of Selectmen held a public forum to address a number of concerns, including the families’ impact on schools and other public services. At the Oct. 3 meeting, state Representative Ken Gordon of Bedford said he had received assurances from the Department of Housing and Community Development that the number of families living in the hotel — more than 80 in a recent count — will diminish over the next several months, as the families who move into longer-term housing will not be replaced. Town Manager Rick Reed also explained that a Sept. 23 inspection had identified a small number of code violations that the hotel owner is being required to rectify within 30 days. The PowerPoint presentation that Reed delivered at the forum is available through a link under News and Announcements on the town’s website, www.bedfordma.gov.