Greenfield Human Rights Commission concerned about homeless outside in cold weather

Franklin County

Greenfield resident Patricia Culver has been homeless for three years.

She said this past winter was brutally cold, especially for her friends who weren’t able to get into the local shelter, and slept in tents. 

The Wells Street Shelter was jam-packed with people throughout the winter. ServiceNet said they allowed people to spend the night here despite not having any beds available for them.

The Greenfield Human Rights Commission brought their concerns for homeless people’s exposure to the cold to Greenfield Mayor William Martin. He said the city doesn’t have the money to fund a shelter. 

“Their recommendation for Greenfield to provide funds and transportation and housing for homeless is just something that we can’t do,” said Mayor Martin. 

Mayor Martin told 22News the city’s emergency management department did open daytime warming shelters last winter.

22News will take you inside the Wells Street Shelter Wednesday night in a special I-Team report on the Greenfield homeless issue.

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