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Homeless community to get a hand up

The Albany Civic Center will soon be filled with hundreds of people from the homeless community that are working towards a better life. / Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni


The Albany Civic Center will soon be filled with hundreds of people from the homeless community that are working towards a better life.

The Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition is hosting the Sixth Annual Project Homeless Connect.

It's an opportunity for people to get a hot meal, flu shots, HIV testing, housing assistance, free clothes and more.

"We take it as a responsibility to try and do what we can to be advocates and improve the lives of the homeless to bring the population down," David Blackwell, chairman, said.

A few years ago, a homeless person came into the event, and found out they had HIV after being tested. There was an organization present that specifically housed homeless people with HIV.

"We are able to connect the dots, and get them housing before even leaving the Civic Center that day," Blackwell said.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If someone can't attend and would still like help, they can contact David Blackwell at 229.886.1257.

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