Emergency shelter code tweaked for religious, social groups in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD – Springfield City Council at its April 11 meeting approved a change in its emergency shelter code to allow religious and social institutions to be used as a safe space to park for people in need. 

The code changes the references of “churches” to “religious or social institutions” for outdoor shelters. 

“Religious or social institutions” is defined to include places of worship, charitable services, community and senior centers, and fraternal and civic organizations. There are over 30 churches/places of worship in Springfield currently eligible for the Overnight Parking Program . . .