Down, but not Out
Somerville shelter struggles to keep homeless out of the cold
Beyond the yellow ribbed caution line, past the guardrails, and deep into the bowels of the Porter Square T-station, Jimmy Byrne and Brian Duffy look for signs of life. Like something straight out of a Dickens novel, soot coats the stairs, the railings, everything you can touch. The smell of must and dirt and urine is overpowering. They wind through the empty rooms and cubbyholes, the secret hiding places that even the police officers don’t know about. A pair of shoes here, several scattered blankets there, someone was living here, but not anytime recently.
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