City in Georiga looking to battle homelessness before it gets worse

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BLAKELY, Ga. (WTVY) - A community in Georgia is working to fight homelessness. After discovering the problem has grown dramatically, the city of Blakely wants to make sure it doesn’t get any worse.

Administrators say the homeless population for just students has tripled in the past two years.

Two years ago, it was about 15 students. Now, they're at more than 60 and those numbers keep going up.

Right now, a handful of students are either doubling up with other family members, or staying in hotels such as the Quail Motel in Blakely.

"We try to follow the students because we want to provide them with support to make them academically successful. When they're in those types of situations, it's much harder for them and they need that extra support,” said Tammy Storey, family engagement coordinator for Early County schools and homeless liaison.

The school system is looking to hold meetings to let the general public know what's going on and how exactly they can combat this issue. The first meeting will be held Wednesday, February7th at 1:15 PM (EST) at Family Connection. The address is 40 Harold Ragan Drive Blakely, GA 39823.

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