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Dothan Homeless Problem Curved

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

The Alabama Rural Coalition for the homeless, or "ARCH" says enough is enough.

Both the state and local chapters are rolling up their sleeves. Their mission is to get a head count of the homeless in our area.

With that number, they can get money to help the homeless find jobs and places to live.
It’s not one of the more popular topics to talk about.

But yet, the benches are sometimes occupied with warm bodies at night, train track box cars are filled, and abandoned buildings, well, not as empty as you might expect.

Homelessness in the wiregrass is a growing trend and more than a dozen non-profit organizations are joining together to try to help turn poverty into profit.

Arch is spearheading the drive.

To find out answers those questions, information forms have been sent to local church groups that come in contact with the homeless.

And though a preliminary head count has been done that yielded about 78 homeless in Dothan, experts say the total number could reach as much as a thousand.

The Dothan rescue mission is one of the organizations joining the coalition.

On a monthly basis they take in about 200 homeless men, women, and children.

ARCH needs your help.

If you know of someone who's homeless, and would like to volunteer to help call the toll free number at 1-800-650-6522.


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