Emergency meeting takes place in Greenfield for growing homeless camp

Franklin County

An emergency meeting was in Greenfield to address the growing homeless camp on the town common. 

Mayor William Martin addressed plans to find permanent shelter’s for the city’s homeless living on the green. 

He said he wants to set an end date to get the people camping on the green into temporary housing, “Priority one is to find emergency temporary shelter for people on the common and priority two is to develop, accentuate the need for longer term single room occupancy housing.” 

John Hoffman from Charlemont told 22News, “There was the opportunity for people to become aware of issued around homelessness in a way that’s easy to avoid a lot of the time. So the fact that they were making it front and center seemed to me to be an important thing.” 

Right now, there is no law prohibiting homeless people from camping out on the town common. 

The Town Council must vote to approve the mayor’s proposal before anything can go into effect. 

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