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Using their 'back yard' , a sunny section of the Days Inn parking lot in Greenfield, "Kate"  hangs out with her daughters and Brandie Reynolds and her son Cameron, 3.  Recorder/Paul Franz

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 story. “I was in a medical facility … 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. “We need to figure out how to prevent homelessness and how to prevent having to … 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, but it isn’t easy and it isn’t going to happen overnight. “These are people and … 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

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