The Greenfield Town Common has been a tent city all summer.
The Greenfield Board of Health set an August 20 deadline for the homeless people to take down their tents and leave the common after they determined camping there requires special permits. But the city said they won’t have to leave just yet.
“They are not enforcing the order at this point and unless there is some sort of reason too, they won’t be,” said Greenfield homeless resident, Madelynn Malloy.
There were no Greenfield Police Officers here Monday moving homeless people off the common. The city said the deadline’s intent was to make it clear to the homeless people that they won’t be able to camp on the common permanently and they’ll need to work with the city on their temporary housing plan.
“Our goal is for them to have a game plan for when the date comes along the common won’t have tents on it anymore, they will know where they are going,” said MJ Adams, Greenfield Community Development Director.
Adams told 22News the city acquired state funding to open a homeless shelter at the former Clinical Support options group home on High Street. She said it will be able to house 16 people and they hope to have the shelter ready in a month.
“We would be more than happy to go there,” said Greenfield homeless resident, Bob Morin. “That would be awesome. And sooner the better.”
The Greenfield City Council will vote Tuesday on a proposed ordinance that would make it illegal to camp on the common.