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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

‘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

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