Everett residents should not be questioning the right or wrong about housing migrants in a local hotel as part of a state program.
It is right for Everett to take its place as a city that welcomes those who are disadvantaged or fighting for their lives and their families after harrowing trips from places like Haiti.
It would be wrong for Everett to turn its back on innocent people fleeing chaos and political disruption in their island nation.
Everett is right now the savior for more than 250 people housed at the enVision Hotel on the Parkway.
The boutique hotel they are staying in, where they are being fed and their medical needs being met as well, is hardly the setting many of us would consider an ideal place.
The boutique hotel has much more cache as a special place to stay when coming to the casino or to do business in Boston than it has as a place for migrants and their families to be housed.
The cost for putting up Haitian migrants at the enVision Hotel goes way beyond paying the state paying well over $1 million for temporary rental.
Such arrangements are economically unsustainable.
What happens to school age children when September arrives?
Everett’s public schools are already bursting at the seams.
How does the city get involved to transform the lives of these migrants?
This is one place where ARPA funds might well be used to pay for this human crisis.
Ultimately, all these migrants must be found permanent housing, and health and welfare support as well as temporary funding to support themselves until they get their feet on the ground.
What is going on at the enVision Hotel is not what was planned for when the warehouse was converted into a boutique hotel about four years ago.
On the other hand, the hotel was likely not doing that well when this opportunity arose to fill every room and to get paid with a guarantee from the state.
There is nothing wrong with this.
The city needs to enter the fight for these migrants who arrived in Boston with nowhere to live and no resources whatsoever to survive.
The city should reach out to the state and say: “What can we do to help.”
That would make Everett a bright star in the everyday battle to welcome newcomers and to attempt to make their lives easier.
Everett should be proud it is housing these migrants. Welcoming them shows the city in a better light.