There is a petition calling on Harvard to do this. Suffolk made the decision on their own.

WCVB News in Boston reports:

Suffolk University dorm transformed into shelter for homeless during coronavirus crisis

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the creation Sunday of hundreds of additional beds to house the city’s homeless population.

“These additional beds will ease the burden on our shelters as they practice physical distancing. They will provide more safe spaces for homeless individuals to safely quarantine,” Walsh said.

The project includes 172 new beds at a dorm building on the Suffolk University campus, Walsh said. It will be managed by the Pine Street Inn and the Boston Public Health Commission.

University officials identified the building in use as Miller Hall, which is located at 10 Somerset St.

“We stand ready to help in any way,” Suffolk University President Marisa Kelly said in a statement. “Boston is our home, and the University takes very seriously its responsibility to be a good citizen at a time when we are all being called upon to pitch in and help.”

 

 
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