GREENFIELD (AP) -- The number of homeless Massachusetts families being placed by the state in hotels has surged to an all-time high, despite efforts to reduce the number.
The state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development reports that nearly 2,100 families per night on average were temporarily housed in hotel rooms in October.
The demand is so great that some homeless families from the Boston area are being placed in western Massachusetts hotels.
Aaron Gornstein, state undersecretary for housing, tells The Boston Globe (http://b.globe.com/1cMNAjG ) the surge has followed cuts in state and federal housing subsidies, soaring rents in the Boston area, and still-high rates of unemployment and underemployment among the poor.
In the past five years, state spending on motels has exploded to more than $46 million from about $1 million.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com