Face of homelessness is changing

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 First at Five/ Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- As you gather around the Christmas tree, area rescue missions are hoping to provide some comfort to Augusta's homeless community.

According to recent reports, one-third of Americans are one paycheck away from living on the streets.

Cody Hall works the front desk at the Garden City Rescue Mission. He's been volunteering there for years.

Hall says he gives back because he hasn't forgotten.

"It's special to me because I was homeless for five years. This place gave me somewhere to go," Hall said.

The Salvation Army, Garden City and Augusta Rescue Missions are three places the homeless can go for help.

"We have had to turn people away when we've been full," Hall said.

"If those places are maxed to capacity, then they have to find another place to stay," said Salvation Army Cpt. Tony Perez.

Not all homeless people are drug addicts. The face of homelessness is starting to look a lot like the middle class. One-third of Americans are one paycheck away from living on the streets.

"We see it every day, where a mom and other middle class people lost their jobs. Now they need the services of the Salvation Army, " Perez said.

Have information or an opinion about this story? Click here to contact the newsroom.

Copyright WRDW-TV News 12. All rights reserved. This material may not be republished without express written permission.

WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 184714861 - wrdw.com/a?a=184714861
Gray Television, Inc.