No solution yet for Greenfield homeless encampment

Franklin County

No long-term solution has yet been found regarding the homeless encampment on the Greenfield common, which has drawn significant attention in recent weeks. An emergency meeting of the City Council was held Thursday night to discuss proposals to deal with the issue.

Mayor William Martin called for the meeting. He told 22News that he wants to set a deadline to get people camping on the common into temporary housing.

Currently, there aren’t any laws or ordinances prohibiting the homeless from camping out on the common. One proposed ordinance would allow religious organizations to provide shelter to those who have no place to live. That proposal would make it so that anyone staying on the common overnight for more than four hours would need a permit to be there.

The council must vote to approve the mayor’s proposal before anything can take effect. During Thursday night’s meeting, the council tabled action regarding limits on space limits and duration of use of the common.

Martin said that the first priority is to find emergency temporary shelter for everyone living on the common right now.

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