Greenfield mayor visits homeless encampment property

Mayor Martin went to the property on Thursday with contractors

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Homeless people in Greenfield left mountains of garbage at their camp in the woods off Colrain Street. The property is owned by Greenfield’s Mayor.

“I know when I’m in a camp I find a dumpster someplace or trash barrel to throw what I gotta throw away,” said Joseph Finn, who is homeless. “That gives us all a bad name, the way it looks up there right now. ”

Greenfield Mayor William Martin told 22News he’s had to do cleanups in the past when homeless people stayed there, but he’s never seen it this bad. “When we deal with situations like this, it’s going to be an inconvenience for me. It’s quite convenient for these people to do what they want and when they want, because they have a lot of ample time. I don’t have that ample I don’t have the luxury of doing nothing all day.”

Mayor Martin said he’s owned this 6.5 acres of woods for 30 years. He gave the homeless people until Thursday to leave his property. He told 22News that ServiceNet, the agency in town that works with the homeless, needs to find and offer more shelter.

The Mayor said a cleanup crew will be going back with a dumpster to remove all the litter, at a personal cost of about 2 thousand dollars.