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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

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