Less than a week after the city of Valdosta announced it was relocating a homeless camp underneath the Patterson Avenue bridge, those dozen people will be moved yet again. Initially, the camp was moved into a residential area on the city’s south side, right in the middle of a neighborhood. In the past week, nearby residents have reported car break-ins, shattered windows, and other property crimes.
District 1 Councilman James Wright said this week that no one even told him that the camp was being relocated to his district. Officials said Tuesday that the camp will be relocated to a non-residential piece of property that was found through a contact at Habitat for Humanity. That location, again, remains undisclosed.
Police continue to work with the South Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness to try and contact the families of the dozen affected in order to move them back to their hometowns.
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