Stewart Community Home could close, 52 residents possibly displaced

(Source: Jeremy Hayes/WTVM)
(Source: Jeremy Hayes/WTVM)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – More than 50 elderly people with special needs may soon not have a home.

The Stewart Community Home on 15th Street in Columbus could be closing its facility within the next 30 days due to a lack of funding.

There are 52 residents at the home and 22 employees. Some of the residents have lived there for more than 20 years, according to the home's website.

The Stewart Community Home was founded more than 40 years ago and is among only a few facilities in the Chattahoochee Valley that provide permanent and transitional housing for the homeless who may also have physical and mental challenges.

The facility, which is funded through a combination of federal and state money, donations and resident fees is running out of money.

The executive director says this is a critical time.

"We are praying for miracles. We are in a crisis state. We can operate for the next 30 days but beyond that, it would be very difficult for us to the capacity that we are currently operating," said Kara Vinzant, Executive Director of the Stewart Community Home.

If you would like to learn more about the community home and to make a donation, click here.

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