Tent city area cleared out; SEACH helps homeless find other living arrangements

Improvements and changes are being made on the property.
Improvements and changes are being made on the property.(WTVY)
Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 3:31 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The clearing out of a tent city community near downtown Dothan has many in the community concerned about what that means for the homeless population that resided there.

No trespassing signs went up on a stretch of property located at Ussery and Main Street as early as this past spring.

Improvements and changes are being made thee.

Staff at SEACH- The Southeast Alabama Coalition for the Homeless- visited the site in September to warn those living there that property would soon be closed on to avoid anyone there getting in trouble for trespassing.

The group helped find other site and alternative living arrangements.

The other option was transformation city - a transitional homeless camp to help those wanting to escape a homeless lifestyle do so.

SEACH says no issues arose from the change.

“We continue to know where people are, continue to help. Nothing negative at all. It’s just when property owners need to do different improvements, we kind of have to help people move on,” says SEACH vice president Kody Kirchoff.

Those concerned or want to help the local homeless population are invited to attend monthly coalition meetings.

They are held the first Thursday of every month at the Harbor.

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