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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 new students and Superintendent Susan Hollins said she was preparing for at least 15. Officials said it is hard to pin down … 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 time they choose. In this case, the employee had used up his meals credit prior … 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 believes there will be a next time. “We also need compensation from the state.” Mayor … 0

How will homeless bump hit Greenfield?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

GREENFIELD — A substantial increase in the number of homeless families living in Greenfield hotels has some questioning what the impact will eventually be on the town and its services, including fire and police, over time and what those impacts will cost. This week at a public hearing … 0

Greenfield hotels see surge of homeless families

Friday, October 18, 2013

GREENFIELD — In the past month, about 60 new homeless families from all over the state have been sent to live in two Greenfield hotels — while state officials desperately seek more permanent arrangements in emergency shelters for a surging homeless population. “It’s a crisis,” Mayor William Martin … 1

Living in hotels is no vacation

Friday, October 18, 2013

GREENFIELD — Maritza Velazquez, her husband, and their five children found themselves homeless after spending the last two years in an apartment they got through the state’s Home Base program. “They told us they cut the funding for … 0

Homeless still living in Greenfield hotel

Friday, September 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — While some hotels and motels across the state are reporting increases in the number of homeless families living in them, even after state officials promised to phase out a program that places them there, the number of homeless living in Greenfield hotels has gone down slightly. … 0

Change of approach

Friday, January 4, 2013

The news this week that Massachusetts is changing its approach to helping people who have lost their homes should be seen as a step forward. The current reliance on motels and hotels as the backup when the state’s own limited shelters were filled should never have been anything … 0

Greenfield hotel room limbo for homeless

Thursday, January 3, 2013

GREENFIELD — Felisha Lackey, her fiance, and her four young children lived out of a van in Athol for three weeks before the state stepped in and found the homeless family a couple of rooms in a local hotel. The couple had been living in Athol with four … 0

New policy to affect local homeless

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

First of two stories GREENFIELD — The state has decided to phase out a program that has placed homeless families in local hotels for sometimes up to a year when there isn’t room in emergency shelters. The statewide program, called HomeBASE, gives families who have become homeless through … 0