By Greg Gullberg
June 26, 2013
Valdosta, GA - A community of homeless people living under the overpass in Downtown Valdosta have been relocated.
11 people lived under the overpass. Valdosta Police relocated them Wednesday morning, but they won't say where because it's on private property. They did tell us tents are being set up for them and they're getting food and help finding a job.
"We've made our downtown area safer. We've actually helped homeless people to get back on their feet. But we're not enabling them. We've told them right up front. We'll help you at this point but we'll expect to see results from you. And I think everybody is on board," said Brian Childress, Valdosta Police Chief.
"It's sad to see people in that position. But at the same time i have guests who come in here and they don't want to be irritated when they're going out to dinner and have people panhandling for money. It's a tough situation for everybody," said Sean Knight, head chef at The Bistro.
To keep people from returning to the overpass, VPD will post No Trespassing signs and may resort to arresting people for Criminal Trespassing.
The tent area is restricted to only these 11 people, and they can only stay for 60 days.
Anyone looking to help other homeless people can contact Ronnie Mathis with the South Georgia Coalition to end Homelessness.
He's at Crossing Jordan Church.