MOULTIRE, GA (WALB) - Homelessness is an increasing problem in Southwest Georgia and this week, the United Way in Colquitt County is trying to get a grasp on just how big of a problem it is.
Volunteers are going around the city of Moultrie in a coordinated effort to count the number of people who are either homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless. The count is required for the county to receive funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The definition is a broad one, so it affects more people than you might expect.
"You're sleeping on somebody's sofa, you know, you don't have your own place, you're staying in a motel, because you don't really have a place. Or you're in a shelter, an emergency shelter or a domestic violence shelter. Somebody that's gone in to jail...that might would have been homeless if they weren't in the jail," said Angela Castellow of the United Way of Colquitt County.
Colquitt County is one of several counties in our area that is participating in the program to get a count of the homeless or near homeless population. Throughout the state of Georgia, it is estimated that there are 75,000 homeless people at some point during the year.