Greenfield mayor planning to open temporary housing to move homeless off Town Common

Franklin County

Greenfield has a plan to move homeless people who’ve been camping out on the Town Common.

Greenfield Mayor Martin wants to move the campers off the common as soon as possible. 

He said he’s working with social service agencies to open temporary housing in Greenfield.

Tensions are running high in Greenfield over the increasing number of homeless people camping on the Town Common.

Homeless people are frustrated by the lack of affordable housing available. 

“We shouldn’t be arguing about this or debating about it or discussing much,” said Bob Morin, homeless. “They should be looking at the problem and working on a solution.”

The number of homeless people on the common has nearly doubled in the past two weeks.

Greenfield Mayor William Martin said he wants to create a rapid-rehousing team to help the homeless people find temporary housing. 

“The number one next step is to empty the common of the campers,” Mayor Martin added. “At the same time provide services the non-profits are not providing.”

Mayor Martin told 22News this rapid re-housing team would include city officials and social service agencies.

Mayor Martin said they are working to open temporary housing for homeless people at four different properties in Greenfield and hopes to have one ready by the end of the week.

The Greenfield City Council is expected to vote Thursday on a deadline for the campers to have left the common.

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