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Albany commission discusses homeless

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David Blackwell, Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition Chair, addressing city commissioners during Wednesday's meeting in the Government Center in downtown Albany David Blackwell, Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition Chair, addressing city commissioners during Wednesday's meeting in the Government Center in downtown Albany
David Blackwell, Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition Chair David Blackwell, Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition Chair
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

City officials say homelessness is a major problem in Albany that could get worse unless action is taken. 

Commissioners learned Wednesday between 1,800 and 3,000 homeless people live in Dougherty county, though the Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition says the number could be twice that high.

They estimate nearly 800 children are homeless.  The coalition began surveying the population in January and hopes a more accurate count will bring federal money to meet the need. 

"It affords our community an opportunity to be allocated some of those dollars if we prove those numbers, and that has been our struggle and challenge over the last five years is to get a more accurate count," said David Blackwell, Albany-Dougherty Homeless Coalition Chair.

Blackwell said the 2010 census only counted one homeless person in the city.  He doesn't know how that number was reached.

He says classifying the precariously housed has been most difficult but says future counts are planned.  

 

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