Greenfield Board of Health sets deadline for homeless to leave Town Common

Franklin County

All of the homeless people camping on the Greenfield Town Common won’t be able to stay there for much longer. 

The Greenfield Board of Health set an August 20 deadline after they determined this homeless encampment is temporary housing and requires special permits.

“The situation was just getting worse so we took a motion to cite the letter of the law and we asked them to leave,” said Greenfield Board of Health Chairman, Steven Adam.

This homeless encampment on the common has the Board of Health and police department concerned about sanitation. But one homeless man told 22News they’ve been doing their best to keep the common clean.  

“Its a community, we are trying to keep the peace, keep it safe, and keep it drug and alcohol-free, said homeless man Bob Morin.

The Board of Health said homeless people have discarded needles and urinated on the common. The city will work with the police department and social service agencies to help move them out. 

“Its just not sustainable long-term, but the attention that it brought to the issue was important and we are going to stay on it and keep looking at the issue and try to find more just outcomes for the campers,” said Greenfield City Councilor, Otis Wheeler.

Greenfield Mayor Martin expects to have temporary housing in Greenfield ready for the homeless people by August 17. 

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