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Greenfield Mayor Martin assigns panel to address homelessness



Recorder Staff
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

GREENFIELD — A request to protect homeless residents during bitter cold temperatures will be further assessed by the city.

Mayor William Martin is putting together a panel to review the Human Rights Commission’s resolution asking for the city to create a citywide freeze plan to protect homeless residents during dangerously cold temperatures.

Martin said the panel is expected to be made up of Greenfield Fire Chief Eric Strahan and Greenfield’s grant administrator MJ Adams.

According to Martin, Strahan was chosen due to his experience in emergency services, including being the current emergency operations director for the city. Adams was chosen due to her experience with housing programs and to determine what other options are currently available to address homelessness.

According to Loreen Flockerzie, chairwoman for the Human Rights Commission, she is uncertain how the panel will impact the resolution but she did say that “it’s a very positive step.”

The resolution was passed by the Human Rights Commission during its meeting last month. The resolution asks officials to use city-owned or controlled property to house homeless residents during dangerously low temperatures, and also provide transportation to the shelters.

The resolution also requests that the locations be staffed by appropriate officials from several organizations, including American Red Cross, Salvation Army, ServiceNet and the state.

Reach Dan Desrochers at:

ddesrochers@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261, ext. 257