Homelessness happening right here in Southwest Georgia

According to Turney, on average, the Salvation Army sees about 23 people staying in their shelter a night.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

As you go through your daily routine, you may not notice how significant the homeless population is right here in Southwest Georgia.According to a Federal Report, there are at least 500,000 people sleeping on the streets on any given night in the US.Despite these large numbers, the state of Georgia has actually seen the largest decline in homelessness.At the local Salvation Army in Albany, 31 people stayed at the shelter Monday night with almost 200 people being fed breakfast and dinner.Although Social Services Director Faye Turney believes the percentage of homelessness has gone down from last year.Turney says although many homeless stay at the Salvation Army for shelter, many others make due on the streets.“We have some that a bad term for them would be habituals that they are homeless and they stay in abandoned buildings, the bus station, front porches, a friends, cars, bushes," said Turney.According to Turney, the Salvation Army holds a total of 40 people with the 2017 average being about 23 a night.The Albany Rescue Mission says they too have seen a large number of homeless. On Monday alone, they served over 200 meals.The homeless count will be done for Southwest Georgia in January by the Homeless Coalition.
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