Homeless people have been camping on the Greenfield Town Common all summer, but this tent city won’t be there for much longer.
Greenfield Mayor Martin expects to have temporary housing available for the homeless people by next Friday, three days before they will be forced to leave the common.
Homeless people have been allowed to camp on the Greenfield Town Common, due to an exemption in a city ordinance.
But the Greenfield Board of Health determined Wednesday that the homeless encampment on the common is temporary housing and requires special permits, and set an August 20th deadline for the campers to leave the common.
A man who used to camp on the common told 22News most of the homeless people have jobs and take good care of the common.
“Most people that live here that I know, live here with respect for each other,” said Joe Reynolds former homeless of Greenfield. “No matter where you go, where you live, you have thieves, those that steal. But most people know they are just trying to survive.”
Greenfield Mayor William Martin told 22News they have four temporary housing options in Greenfield for the homeless people, but they are still trying to determine how much state funding they can receive for their temporary housing plan.
Mayor Martin couldn’t tell us Friday where in Greenfield they will open temporary housing for the homeless people.