It’s been just over two months since homeless campers were forced to leave the Greenfield Town Common.
For much of this past summer, there were about 18 people who had set up tents on the Town Common. That is until the Health Department determined it was temporary housing and required special permits.
The Common was the only city-owned property that allowed camping because there was no ordinance against it. But not anymore.
At the end of August, homeless campers were asked to leave the Common to find temporary housing elsewhere.
Greenfield’s Community and Economic Development Department told 22News, a number of the campers did end up moving to a shelter in Kingston, New York while others were offered housing at the ServiceNet Shelter on Wells Street.
But not everyone chose to accept the temporary housing.
“We started working with a couple of the social service agencies in Greenfield to see if we could expand some shelter beds before it got cold,” said MJ Adams. “We’ve been working diligently with ServiceNet at their Wells Street site to see if we could expand to the second floor, but there’s nothing that’s resolved as of this moment.”
Adams told 22News, the city continues to explore the option of repurposing a commercial building to residential use but the cost is much more than they originally anticipated.
The city is also looking to expand the number of single-occupancy units in Greenfield.