What resources are available to Greenfield’s homeless?

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Homeless people living in tents made a mess on land off Colrain Street in Greenfield; on property owned by Greenfield Mayor William Martin. The Greenfield Police say they try to help them find appropriate agencies and shelters.

“We want to give people an alternative steer them in a direction where they can get help and get in a better safer position to live,” said Deputy Chief Mark Williams of the Greenfield Police Department.

ServiceNet runs both the Greenfield Family Inn on Federal Street and the Wells Street Shelter in Greenfield. They offer mental health counseling, and understand why some people choose to live this way.

“There’s some people who prefer to live outside, living with other people is terrifying, or they’ve experienced trauma,” said April Stein, Program Director of ServiceNet in Greenfield.

The Wells Street Shelter is one place people in Greenfield can go to if they’re in need of a home. I spoke with one woman who moved out of the shelter on Wednesday. She said she lived here for two months, after spending some time in an encampment.

“Its hard for people out here, nobody has money out here like that,” said Maria Washington of Greenfield. “Whether I’m homeless, living in a tent, or i’m living in an apartment, I’m struggling, but i’m doing it.”

Deputy Chief Williams told 22News the services have limited funding and staffing. The shelter waiting lists can also be long.