Temporary Emergency Shelter Dashboard

The Select Board and Town staff are committed to transparency and regular updates to the community as we work through this transition. All updates posted to this page are official updates from the Town of Norfolk.   Sign up to get notifications of page updates here.

The Town was informed on Friday, May 10th, that the decommissioned Bay State Correctional Center had been designated as a temporary emergency shelter by the Healey Administration. This decision was made as part of its ongoing response to the number of migrant families arriving in Massachusetts. The Town had no role in this decision and was not consulted prior.  

The Town was told that:
  • The shelter will be managed 24/7 by a shelter operator determined through a competitive bid by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
  • The shelter will house up to 140 families or up to 450 people deemed eligible for emergency assistance.
  • Some families are currently housed at Logan Airport.
  • The shelter is planned to be in operation for six to twelve months.  
  • Heading Home has been selected as the Bay State service provider.

Local Response:
An unexpected influx of a large number of families poses many logistical challenges to Norfolk. Town Administrator Justin Casanova-Davis, Police Chief Timothy Heinz, Fire Chief Erron Kinney, Norfolk School Superintendent Ingrid Allardi, King Philip Superintendent Rich Drolet, and other department leaders will meet regularly in the coming days and weeks. This group, along with the Select Board, will develop a comprehensive list of potential impacts to the Town and develop strategies to continue to deliver regular municipal services without interruption. We also will have regular conversations with state officials to ensure the Town’s concerns are heard, and to work collaboratively on creative solutions that are in the best interests of Norfolk. 

What's Next?
The State has agreed to hold another public forum for the community focused on education in late June.
  Additional details will be posted on this webpage and the Town's Facebook page. 

Any further updates will be posted on this page or the respective sub-links. Please get in touch with Assistant Town Administrator Kate O'Brien at kmobrien@norfolk.ma.us or the Select Board if you have any questions.