There’s been a homeless encampment on the Greenfield Town Common all summer but on Friday, the homeless people will be forced to leave the Common.
“I have gone through Bernardston, and now Greenfield and I just found out that we can’t stay here after 8 a.m. tomorrow,” said Brittany Morrison, who is homeless.
One Greenfield resident believes restricting homeless people from camping on the common violates the 8th Amendment, which protects people from cruel and unusual punishment.
“If they have nowhere to sleep, they are allowed to sleep here,” said Sarah Ahern of Greenfield. “That’s federal law. State law and the Board of Health and all those things, the federal law will trump that.”
Greenfield Mayor William Martin said the homeless encampment was in violation of the state’s sanitary code for temporary housing. They also want to have the common cleaned for the annual Harvest Supper.
The city put up signs alerting residents and the campers that the Common will be closed from August 24 to October 1. The DPW said they’ll need this time to clean and reseed the common.
Greenfield police said they’ll have officers at the Common Friday and will make arrests if necessary.