Greenfield in need of state funding to get temporary housing plan for homeless

Franklin County

Homeless people have been camping on the Greenfield Town Common all summer long. 

The Common is the only city-owned property that allows people to camp overnight. The homeless people who have been staying on the Town Common have come from all over Massachusetts.

They told 22News this is the only place in the city where they feel safe. 

“The reason they are here is because this is the center of town,” said Warwick homeless resident, Elizabeth Perkins. “There are places you can walk to, bathrooms, food, everything. I just really hope they find a safe comfortable place.”

The city wants to open temporary housing at the former Clinical Support Options group home on High Street. But that would require state funding. 

“Clearly there is a funding challenge. You just can’t open up a building and say come in, you have to have it staffed,” said Greenfield Community Development Director, MJ Adams. “We are working with the state Department of Housing and Community Development to see if we can get some operating funds for that.”

Adams told 22News the city rejected a proposal to allow homeless people to camp at the vacant former Wedgewood Gardens mobile home park, because of flooding risks. 

Adams said they’re hoping the Department of Housing and Community Development has word on funding their temporary housing plan, by the end of the week.

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