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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

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

State moving some homeless out of hotels

Friday, November 1, 2013

GREENFIELD — State officials moved 13 homeless families from eastern Massachusetts out of two Greenfield hotels on Friday — a sign that the plan to return families to their original communities may be working. There are now 79 families staying at the Quality Inn on the Mohawk Trail … 0

Meeting Wednesday to coordinate efforts to help homeless families

Friday, November 1, 2013

GREENFIELD — A couple of local activists will join the director of the agency heading up the local efforts to help homeless families living in Greenfield hotels on Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss how to coordinate those efforts. The meeting will be held in Greenfield … 0

Living in limbo

Thursday, October 31, 2013

GREENFIELD — “We owned a home in Attleboro, and now we’re living in a hotel.” Danielle Kopiec, her husband and three of their children moved into transitional housing two years ago. They had an apartment in Dorchester until … 0

Editorial: Greenfield shows its heart

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

You can choose to see Greenfield in a number of ways these days. You can focus on its past, the present or where you envision the community is going in the future. We can discuss changing demographics, economy, what Greenfield needs and doesn’t require. We’d venture to say … 0

No easy answers for homeless in hotels

Monday, October 28, 2013

GREENFIELD — Sen. Stanley Rosenberg says the issue of homeless families living in two hotels in Greenfield, as well as hotels and motels across the state, is very complicated, has no easy answers and probably won’t to be … 0

Agencies reach out  to hotel homeless

Friday, October 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — Local social service agencies are working daily to meet the needs of 93 destitute families for whom the state has turned two of the town’s three motels into de facto homeless shelters. And while state housing officials say they continue to seek more permanent shelter closer … 1

Human Rights board  to hold hearing  on homelessness

Friday, October 25, 2013

GREENFIELD — The chairman of the town’s Human Rights Commission said his panel will take up the issue of homeless families in hotels during a public hearing it will hold in November. Chairman Lewis Metaxas said he has not yet set a date and time for the public … 0