About a dozen homeless people are camping out on the Greenfield Town Common.
Mayor William Martin told 22News there is no ordinance restricting the homeless from camping overnight on this city-owned property.
“By its exclusion we don’t have any authority to remove people from the common, said Greenfield Mayor Martin. “Its a transient piece of land in Greenfield.”
Greenfield Mayor Martin said there is no law that requires homeless people to take down their tents on the town common at any hour of the day. Some residents believe this homeless encampment has become a public health issue.
“The tents and the dog chained to the tree and the clothes in a pile, I just would like to see them have a little more self-respect for themselves and for our town,” said Joslyn Rita of Greenfield.
One homeless woman told 22News they’ve been going to the bathroom at Greenfield Town Hall, and getting their meals at the Salvation Army. She said they’re working with the city to find an alternative, sustainable solution.
“We are working with the city council to find a safe, sanitary place for us to stay,” said homeless woman, Madelynn Malloy, “Until that happens this is the safest place for us to be.”
Mayor Martin said he’s meeting with local social service agencies next Tuesday to find out what programs are available to help the homeless find temporary housing.
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