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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany couple say they want the city to put a timeline on a plan to end homelessness.

Todd and Ladonna Urick founded Project Mission Change last year, and have presented Albany city commissioners with a ten year plan this morning to end homelessness.

John Holliman was with them. He was homeless for about a year, drifting from shelters to abandoned buildings to find a place to spend the night. After the Uricks helped him, he found a permanent place to stay and starts a new job this week.

"The best way you can help the homeless is help them help themselves. People have to get up and see something happening in their lives. When nothing is happening, you get stuck in nothing, you're going nowhere," John Holliman said.

"They just don't have a voice and nothing's being done about their situation and a lot of them really do want help, but they just don't know where to turn and the organizations that they have turned to are just a Band-Aid to the situation," said Todd Urick of Project Mission Change.

The Uricks presented the Mayor with letters from the people who recently spent a night in the shoes of the homeless by camping out in cardboard boxes at the Albany Mall.

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