By Eames Yates
July 3, 2013
Valdosta, GA -
Ronnie Mathis is the Executive Director of the South Georgia Partnership to End Homelessness. He said "all of us are just a check away from poverty. This is them today but it could be me, it could be you."
That's one of the reasons why Doctor Mathis in partnership with the city of Valdosta relocated the city's homeless camp from Alley street. It's the second relocation in two weeks after neighbors complained.
Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress said "where we are moving them right now is on Cypress Street. It's at Doctor Mathis' church. He's spoken with his church personnel, the management of his church. They've agreed."
Doctor Mathis went on to say "we're moving them to a different location to basically try and deter and to help ease the tension that may be going on within the city and the residents here."
Doctor Mathis says they'll have a total of five tents set up behind me for the remaining homeless people. He also says that they've run electricity out to the camp. Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates also saw them installing a Porta-Potty for the camp.
But the five homeless people making up this camp near the Crossing Jordan Baptist Church represent just a small fraction.
Doctor Mathis said "it was documented that we have a thousand, little less, homeless people in the city of Valdosta. The school system itself has, between the two school systems, we average anywhere from two fifty to three hundred homeless children."
IF YOU WANT TO HELP CALL THE SOUTH GEORGIA PARTNERSHIP TO END HOMELESSNESS. THAT NUMBER IS (229) 293-7301