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Thursday, November 14 2013

Public Hearing About Homeless Families to be Held Monday

The public hearing of the Commission will seek to work toward the drafting of a proposed protocol between the state and the town regarding the hosting of homeless families and children in the community.

Greenfield Human Rights Commission chairman Lewis Metaxas said, "The community has responded in an extraordinary manner to support the needs of our homeless families on a temporary basis while they are residing in our local hotels and motels. Our town government, our public school system and our human services community are to be commended and thanked. We need to hear from them now on what they've done, how they've done it and what their needs are so that we can work to support them. Further, we need an understanding, a protocol between the state and the community. We need, at a minimum, to have notice as to when homeless families are coming to the community. We need to prepare and we need support from the state government. Communication, coordination and compensation are essential. My hope is that people will come to the public hearing with ideas on how we may make such a protocol or understanding a reality in order to further the best interests of all parties."

State Representative Paul Mark, if the Legislature is not in formal session, Greenfield Mayor William Martin, Greenfield Schools Superintendent Susan Hollins, Greenfield School Committee member John Lunt and Charity Day, Housing Consumer Education Direcor, Franklin County Regional Housing Authority, will be the guest speakers of the Commission just prior to the public hearing on Monday, November 18, 2013, at 6:00 PM in the Greenfield Town Hall.

All residents of Greenfield and Franklin County are welcome to attend and invited to speak at the public hearing.