Families move into shelter at former prison in Norfolk

Between 20 and 25 families arrived Wednesday at the decommissioned Bay State Correctional Center in Norfolk, Massachusetts, the site of a new emergency shelter

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A new emergency shelter at a former prison in Norfolk, Massachusetts, is now open to more than two dozen families.

The first 20 to 25 families, many of them migrants, moved into the shelter at the decommissioned Bay State Correctional Center Wednesday afternoon, Norfolk Select Board Chairman Jim Lehan told NBC10 Boston.



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The facility will house up to 140 families, or 450 people in total, who qualify for emergency assistance.

The decision sparked controversy in Norfolk, with protesters holding signs objecting to the move Wednesday.

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