Child homelessness on the rise - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Child homelessness on the rise

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

When it comes to homelessness among children, the state of Alabama is ranked as the worst in the nation.

A new report by the National Center for Family Homelessness ranks Alabama number 50 for the well-being of homeless children.  Georgia is a little better but not much coming in at number 41.

Nine-year-old Xandra Kurtz and 8-year-old Dynisha Carter are best friends and normal little girls.

"[We like to] play outside, do our homework, go to school and just hang out," said Kurtz.

However, Xandra and Dynisha do not have a home to go to.  Instead, they are staying here at the House of Mercy.

"I worry that people say, ‘Well she's not able to supply for her kids.  She's not able to provide for her children.  So, she's not worthy of having her children.'  One of my biggest fears was having someone report me and have my children taken away," said Xandra's mother, Annette Canchani.

Canchani lost her job more than two years ago in Florida and moved her two young daughters to Alabama this summer.  Unable to find work, she turned to the House of Mercy.  That is where the family met Dynisha, her three brothers and sisters, and mother Monica Carter.

"As long as we're not on the street, we have a place to live," said Dynisha.

"It really tears you down because you're supposed to be able to provide for your children, and then, knowing you can't provide for them.  It does something to your self esteem," said Carter.

These moms say they have struggled to find jobs, could not afford daycare, and could not find enough resources to help them.

Elder Bobby Harris with House of Mercy says over the past four years, the homeless shelter has seen more women and children needing help.

"[We need to] Look within our own state see what we can do to create jobs.  We have to look within the state itself and the city and see what we can do to create jobs," said Harris.

While their moms are working to provide for their families again, these two girls are dreaming of the houses they hope to one day call home.

"A red house with stairs and we have a car," said Dynisha.

"I want a house that's maybe a two story building with six bedrooms."

Both moms say they are trying to find work or thinking about going back to school.  If you would like to help the House of Mercy Elder Harris says you can make a donation at 1532 Third Avenue in Columbus.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly