Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

June 27, 2013

Homeless move to safer locale

(Continued)

VALDOSTA — Homeless share experiences

Tariq Raheem, originally from Florida, said he has lived on the streets for a couple of years, “in and out of work.” As a man who came from a large city environment, he was disappointed when he came to Valdosta and discovered there was no homeless shelter for men, since most homeless are single males.

“There’s no programs in this area,” Raheem said. “I don’t think there’s much work here, either. And I think most homeless would rather have a job than a place to stay because then you can eat.”

In spite of his disappointment, he was glad for the tent, the food, and the safe place to stay, and he hopes he can find work.

Another individual wishing to be named J.C., has a college education and said he still struggled to find work after his family gave him $1,000 and told him to leave. He is 27 years old.

“I made the wrong choices in life,” J.C. said. “I was adopted. I’m in the system. I had everything, and I took it all for granted.”

Councilwoman spearheads effort

The relocation effort began with concerns raised by City Councilmember Deidra White, who felt it her obligation to address the situation before it got too far out of hand.

“Residents all along MLK had been observing that this camp was growing steadily over the past several months,” White said. “My first commitment is the residents of District 2, and they were concerned about their property value and their safety. It wasn’t that I assumed anything was going on, just that there are no restrooms and no facilities available.”

There was no need to “further displace these people who are already displaced,” White said, but most Valdosta residents would never know about this problem if she had not spearheaded the effort.

“We want to do what we can,” White said. “So I spoke with various people to see what our options were — governmental, civil, non-profit — and I expected the effort to take a couple of months, but it only took about three weeks. I’m happy it could come together so quickly.”

White explained that it is a problem any time there is homelessness in the city, and that solicitation is a recurrent issue not isolated to these recent events.

“We have a lot of transient activity in the downtown area,” White said. “That was not the impetus for this effort.”

 

Breakout box:

Homeless individuals and volunteers can contact Dr. Ronnie Mathis at the South Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness, (229) 293-7301.

Text Only
Local News
  • 072514-MoodyComp007.jpg Moody AFB crews race in load competition

    Moody Air Force Base hosted a weapons load competition Friday morning, a maintenance group tradition in which two 23d Maintenance Group A-10 munition load crews raced against the clock to load munitions onto an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • moonshine bust.jpg Police close illegal drinking house

    After receiving numerous complaints, the Valdosta Police Department shut down an illegal alcohol sales operation Friday.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • election.jpg Black earns most votes in runoff

    State Rep. Ellis Black led the votes for state Senate District 8 Friday with seven of seven counties reporting certified results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724-LAT1.jpg Little Actors Theatre ready for summer show

    Since 2004, the Little Actors Theatre has provided a place for children ages 6 to 19 to express themselves through acting.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072414-MichelleNunn003.jpeg Michelle Nunn visits Valdosta

    The day after learning that her Republican challenger would be David Perdue, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn kicked off her Common Sense and Collaboration Tour Wednesday by meeting with business owners in Atlanta, Athens and Macon and continued her tour Thursday morning by visiting the David S. Waller Unit facility of the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • lunch.jpg Valdosta One Lunch feeds summer-hungry kids

    Hunger is a concept that many people associate with third-world countries, not their hometown. However, in Valdosta, hunger is real. To combat this hunger, a group of Valdostans have created Valdosta One Lunch, a program that distributes bagged meals to children in need.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up.jpeg Moody squadron commander reaches milestone

    The 75th Fighter Squadron commander hit a career milestone July 17, by surpassing 3,000 flight hours in an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • water.jpg New equipment expected to deal with Lowndes water violations

    The Lowndes County Commission’s recent approval of $1.6 million for water-treatment equipment is expected to counter a past series of water-quality violations within the county.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 142314-Goodwill.jpg Goodwill hosts the Mexican Consulate

    Mexican citizens living in South Georgia have spent this week lining up at the Valdosta Goodwill to meet with the Mexican Consulate to obtain Mexican government issued identification.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723-Tree001.jpg Chamber plants 100th centennial tree

    Founded in September 1912, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results