BOSTON (WWLP) – Friday marks one month since Gov. Maura Healey declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts over the migrant crisis.

During a closed door meeting Thursday, state lawmakers pressed Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll and other administration officials to provide more detailed information about the flow of migrants into their communities, including the volume of people seeking housing and the overall price tag to the commonwealth.

“Not more are moving in, but not more are moving out, so we are kind of stable, but other communities are facing other issues,” said West Springfield Mayor, Will Reichelt.

State Senator Ryan Fattman told 22News at least 80 migrants were placed at a hotel in Sutton over Labor Day weekend but the town was never notified, “I know in my hometown, having spoken with the hotel, the rooms that were contracted were contracted two weeks before anyone was dropped off. So if that’s the case, why wasn’t the town notified 10 days before, 7 days before, 5 days before, not the day of drop off, a few hours before.”

About 2,500 families are staying in hotels and motels in 80 communities around the state. There are roughly 6,200 families staying at emergency shelters in Massachusetts. That’s around 20,000 individuals.

And besides hotels, The Healey administration has been urging landlords, churches, and private residents to open up their homes to help house migrants. Westfield State University also considered, but there’s push back from local state leaders who worry the college is not equipped.

“We are trying to solve one problem, the federal government’s inability to pass immigration reform, and in doing so, we are potentially exacerbating another problem which is the education of the students,” said State Senator John Velis (D) Westfield.

Gov. Healey activated of up to 250 National Guard members to help those emergency shelter hotels. They’ll be on the ground starting next week.

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Kristina D’Amours is a reporter who is a part of the evening 22News team. Follow Kristina on X @KristinaD_WWLP and view her bio to see more of her work.