GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A group of homeless people have set up camp in the woods off Colrain Street in Greenfield. The owner of the property is Greenfield Mayor William Martin.
Homeless people have set up camp in the past, and littering here has been a problem. Andrea LaJeunesse of Greenfield thinks it’s gotten worse; “They have nowhere to go. That’s okay, they can stay there, but they need to show more respect for the property its just wall to wall garbage.”
This is just one of several areas near downtown Greenfield where homeless people have set up an encampment, but this land is on private property, and they’re not allowed to stay there. This encampment site is right across the street from the old trailer park.
Since it’s on private property, Greenfield Police have done routine checks over the years and will continue to do so, to keep the littering to a minimum. Deputy Police Chief Mark Williams said, “We certainly try to stay aware of where people are, keep an eye on it and watch for things like trash and other issues that can come up.”
Williams told 22News mental health agencies, as well as a local counselors, assist the homeless population in Greenfield. The police department also helps connect them to services they may need.
Mayor Martin said he’s aware of the issue and is working to find a solution.