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City approves 10 year plan to end homelessness

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)- 18 months of blood, sweat, and tears is what it took for CSU Cunningham Center Assistant Director Shana Young and a city task force to come up with a massive 10 year plan to end homelessness across Columbus. And now, a unanimous city council vote puts the plan into action.

"We've worked with the task force with the service providers on research and complying tons of information and local data," Young said.

Data that shows about 1500 people are homeless on any given night in Columbus. The new plan, approved Tuesday, will bring a number of services together, to work and reduce that number and according to Young erase homelessness in the Fountain City altogether.

"The plan is a starting point a place for all the service providers and those who are passionate about helping the homeless to unit around the plan," Young said.

The plan includes providing housing, clothing, and food for those in need. The goal is to help those that are homeless get back on their feet. Victor Feliciano is the executive director of Valley Interfaith Promise, providing assistance to families in need.  Feliciano gave us his take on the city's homeless plan.

"They kind of put a stamp of approval that they want to be supportive of the plan being carried through," Victor Feliciano said

And Feliciano says he like the idea of a one-stop-shop for the homeless.

"What I hope that the 10 year plan will do is it will set up progress towards eradicating homeless," Feliciano said

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