It’s been almost a week since the Greenfield DPW closed the Town Common.
The homeless, who have been living on the town common for much of the summer, was asked to leave last Thursday. Police tape now surrounds the common, with signs that read “Common Closed”.
The city says half of the campers have found temporary housing. Many are living at the ServiceNet Shelter on Wells Street while others are living with friends and family.
“There are shelter beds that we were able to free up and make available for people,” Greenfield’s Community Development Director MJ Adams explained. “We are continuing to work on that effort because we do know we will need some shelter beds for when people realize it’s a little too cold to be outside, so we are really working hard on that effort.”
“The real meaning of encouragement is not to force someone out through threat of arrest,” Greenfield resident Lance Smith told 22News. “The homeless problem is much faster than this town, but we have to handle it in this town.”
Greenfield Mayor William Martin said they needed to close the town common to get ready for the annual Harvest Supper which was held last Sunday.
Signs indicate that the common will remain closed until October 1. Those who trespass risk being arrested.