There may be an end in sight for the homeless encampment on the Greenfield Town Common.
Greenfield’s mayor was on the Common Wednesday, warning the campers they’ll have to leave this Friday.
“This was unsustainable as we predicted in the past three or four weeks ago, and now Friday at 8 a.m. we are closing the common down,” said Greenfield Mayor William Martin.
Homeless people have been camping on the Greenfield Town Common all summer, but the mayor said they’ll have to leave Friday in order to make room for the annual Free Harvest Supper. The non-profit organization running it told 22News everyone including the campers are welcome.
“We had no idea that this was going to be the action that was taken,” said Kirsten Levitt, executive director of Stone Soup Cafe. “Every single person is welcomed at our community meal.”
Some homeless people are hoping they’ll be able to return to the common after Sunday’s harvest supper.
“Why can’t they just pack it up for the meal event and when that’s done and said, they can come back,” said Bob Morin.
Mayor Martin told 22News the homeless encampment was in violation of the state’s sanitary code for temporary housing and the city’s License Commission regulations. Mayor Martin said they’re hoping to open temporary housing at the former Clinical Support Option’s group home on High Street, as soon as possible.
Mayor Martin didn’t say how the city plans to enforce Friday’s deadline.