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Rep. Mark awarded for championing the poor

Friday, February 12, 2016

GREENFIELD — When Community Action Executive Director Clare Higgins needs a problem solved, she knows just who to call: Paul. State Rep. Paul Mark, that is. Because of his ability to bring together groups of people for a common cause, Mark (D-Peru) was this year’s recipient of the Sargent Shriver Public Service Award at Community Action’s annual meeting and breakfast Friday. The award honors an elected or appointed official who demonstrates public service on behalf on low-income people. “We give the (award) to people who exemplify that kind of approach to their work, and that’s exactly how (Mark) approaches the work that he does,” Higgins … 0

United Way to hold Supper For Six event Tuesday

Sunday, February 7, 2016

GREENFIELD — Kids eat — a lot. And for many poor families, the lunch they have at school may be the biggest meal they have each day. But during winter break in February, those students don’t have access to that daily meal. That’s where the United Way’s Supper For Six food drive steps in, according to Executive Director Sandy Sayers. The campaign collects … 0

Like a ‘vacation from Hell’

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD – Thirty-four-year-old “Kate” was working in a doggie day care to support her two young daughters after fleeing an abusive relationship when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety. “I had a breakdown and couldn’t work,” said Kate, who asked that her real name not be used for this … 1

Local legislators vow to look into hotel homeless

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The state’s likely next Senate president, Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, said he has had numerous meetings and discussions over the past few weeks about homeless, especially those living in hotels. “It’s a persistent and stubborn problem and one that doesn’t have an easy answer,” said Rosenberg. … 0

Help raise up the poor: simple to say, but apparently too hard to do

Thursday, December 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — The one word you’ll hear time and again when talking about homelessness with state legislators and other policy makers in Massachusetts is “complicated.” Robyn Frost, executive director of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, said the coalition is working hard to make policies that end homelessness, … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 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