Greenfield mayor requests special meeting regarding Town Common homeless camp

Franklin County

The mayor of Greenfield is asking the Greenfield Town Council for immediate assistance regarding the increase of camping on the Town Common.

Martin said the council is the only body that can amend or modify ordinances or codes so that the matter of camping on the Common can be resolved.

A resource fair was held by the mayor on the Town Common last week to connect people experiencing homelessness with community resources.

A roundtable discussion was also held by the mayor Tuesday with local service agencies. 

“We are looking for permanent solution,” Town Council President Karen Renaud told 22News. “There are a lot of temporary options out there and we can come up with a temporary option but fall and winter is coming fast and so we need permanent solutions to this.”

Currently, there is no law that requires homeless people to take down their tents on the city-owned property at any hour of the day or from camping there overnight.

Greenfield Mayor William Martin has requested a special meeting to take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at the John Zon Community Center on 35 Pleasant Street. 

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