Homeless In Hotels
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 … 0

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

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

‘We’re here for them’

Thursday, October 24, 2013

GREENFIELD — Greenfield schools registrar Lisa McGuinness begins each work day by visiting homeless families at the Days Inn and Quality Inn. She chats with parents as they wait for school buses to arrive and checks in with … 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