Welcoming our New Comer's 

In August 2023, Governor Maura Healey declared a State of Emergency in response to the Commonwealth’s ongoing migrant crisis. Like many other communities in Massachusetts, Dartmouth is now required to provide aid to families in the State’s supplemental emergency shelters.

Dartmouth is fortunate to have an established Community Services Outreach Team. This team is comprised of multi-departmental staff focused on identifying and addressing the needs of the community’s at-risk population by designing, promoting and implementing needed services while coordinating with existing community resources and groups. The outreach team includes representatives from all departments (Health, Public Safety, Education, Community Services, etc.)

This team, along with local social service agencies, charitable organizations, Select Board members and State Representative Chris Markey, are proactively formulating strategies to ensure the well-being and health of individuals arriving under the Massachusetts Right-to-Shelter Law, and in accordance with the State’s mandates. Specifically, the team is coordinating with the State’s Community Liaison on multiple logistical aspects. These include matters related to health, transportation, educational needs, regulatory compliance and communication. Collaborative efforts with local and regional nonprofit organizations, as well as the regional transit authority, are planned for the coming week to promptly address both immediate and medium-term necessities of the incoming families.

We also appreciate that there are members of Dartmouth’s community that are eager to provide support and supplies. We are working with our public health and human services groups to assess the needs of these individuals. 

For more information on the State’s response to this situation, residents are encouraged to visit the State’s Emergency Assistance Program website.


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