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Greenfield firefighters have been called out to answer more than a dozen emergency medical calls at the Days Inn and Quality Inn since they have taken in homeless families. 
(Recorder/Micky Bedell)

Mayor: ‘it’s overwhelming’

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — While Mayor William Martin said he has nothing but empathy for the homeless families living in two of Greenfield’s hotels, he has to worry about how their presence might be affecting the people around them, especially town taxpayers. “I feel their pain,” said Martin. “It must be awful. It is awful to be a family living in one … 0

Hotels-turned-shelters reap millions from state

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

GREENFIELD — Taxpayer-funded payments to two Greenfield hotels housing some of the state’s homeless families have totaled more than $3 million since 2009. The Days Inn at 21 Colrain Road has received $2,136,826, while the Quality Inn on the Mohawk Trail has received $1,012,628. The state began using hotels to house homeless families … 0

Newly homeless mom and newborn make best of bad situation far from family

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — We’ve all heard it said that America is the “land of opportunity,” but try to convince a young woman with a 9-week-old daughter living in a Greenfield hotel with the baby and her boyfriend. She may not believe you. Twenty-four-year-old “Alice,” who asked that her real name be changed for confidentiality reasons, was on her way to the career of her … 1

‘We just don’t have it’: Social services strain under weight of additional homeless

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

GREENFIELD — Local social service agencies found it difficult to keep up with the demands for food, clothing and school supplies after the Great Recession hit several years ago, but some say that over the past two years, … 0

Taking its toll: Teachers, taxpayers pick up tab for homeless students, but kids pay price, too

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — It used to be that “ homeless person” conjured an image of an older man, perhaps a down-and-out struggling veteran. Not so anymore, according to state statistics. The reality is, some of the country’s youngest have … 0

State: Swell of homeless swamps safety net

Monday, December 15, 2014

GREENFIELD — Too few jobs, lack of affordable housing, a sluggish economy, a high poverty rate, racial disparities, lingering impacts of the Great Recession, challenges of single parenting and domestic violence are just some of the factors that … 0

Far from any home they know

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — A large gray and white stuffed elephant sits conspicuously on a chair in the principal’s office at Newton School — “the elephant in the room,” Principal Melodie Goodwin calls it. “It represents all of the homeless … 0

A mother dreams of an apartment for her family and dinner on the table

Sunday, December 14, 2014

GREENFIELD — Twenty-five-year-old “Jennifer” was living in Pittsfield when she quit her job as a certified nursing assistant to go back to school to become a massage therapist. It wasn’t long afterward that her daughter was diagnosed with lead poisoning. Jennifer (who asked that her real name not … 0

Homeless numbers inch up

Sunday, June 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — The number of homeless families living in two Greenfield motels has increased slightly in the past month and some children may enroll in the Greenfield schools this week. The Franklin County Regional Housing and Redevelopment Authority notified the school department last week about the possibility of … 0

Salvation’s Army, People’s Pint hosting Thanksgiving meals for homeless, needy

Monday, November 25, 2013

CLARIFICATION:This article mentioned an employee at The People’s Pint who could not afford a meal. Alden Booth, the restaurant and bar’s owner and founder, said that employees at The People’s Pint receive an ample meals credit for every shift they work, and may use these credits at any … 0

Human rights group weighs in on hotel homeless

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GREENFIELD — The town’s Human Rights Commission wants the town to be better prepared if there is ever another surge of homeless families into Greenfield hotels. “We want more notice from the state so we can be more organized next time,” said Chairman Lewis Metaxas, who added he … 0

Plan in place to help homeless families in hotels

Friday, November 15, 2013

GREENFIELD — People throughout Franklin County have stepped up to help homeless families living in local hotels, but the lead agency dealing with those families wants to ensure they feel respected and so does not want well-intentioned people dropping off donations at the hotels. “The biggest ‘don’t’ is … 0

Human rights panel plans hearing on hotel homeless

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

GREENFIELD — The town’s Human Rights Commission will weigh in on the recent issues surrounding a surge of homeless families living in Greenfield hotels when it holds a public hearing on Monday at 6 p.m. in Town Hall. Chairman Lewis Metaxas said the public hearing will specifically seek … 0

Salvation Army, food pantry stretched

Friday, November 8, 2013

GREENFIELD — The recent surge of homeless families into Greenfield hotels has put a strain on some local service agencies, especially food pantries, but not enough for any of them to turn people away. “We have to worry about what these families need now and how much it’s … 0

State help not enough to get homeless back on feet

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — Some of the homeless families that were part of the recent surge into Greenfield hotels were families left homeless when they weren’t able to successfully transition off of one of the state’s temporary subsidized rental programs, according to the state Department of Housing and Community Development. … 0