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Programs Offer Help for the Homeless

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Homelessness is a nationwide problem — that continues to grow. But there are organizations — that are stepping up to deal with the problem — and provide help — for the homeless. This time last year — Latoya Heard of Selma was homeless. The single mother and her five small children had nowhere to go…

Cold Weather Prompts Some to Help the Homeless and Needy

IMG_6082 IMG_6091 IMG_6086 IMG_6083 IMG_6078 As freezing temperatures came through Monday night, a concerned Montgomery residents decided to go out a help the homeless. Rachel Boutwell went looking for homeless people and the needy at their normal gathering spots in Montgomery but they weren’t there. Boutwell because of where she lives sees and helps those homeless persons all the time…

City Unveils New Initiative to Help Montgomery’s Homeless

Mayor Steven Reed has announced the launch of a new initiative to help support the homeless in the River Region. It’s called the Feed the Meter for the Homeless project, and it’s a partnership between the city and the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (MACH). Ten special green meters will be placed on sidewalks in downtown. The meters will be…

MACH Holds Annual Homeless Census Count Tuesday Afternoon

The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless is finding out information needed to better serve the population. Teams of volunteers went to different areas of the River Region Tuesday to count the area’s homeless. It was part of MACH’s annual point-in-time census count. The volunteers find the unsheltered homeless and talk with each one about their needs and background information. Volunteers…

Large Donation of Coats Will Benefit Area Homeless

A local church is getting ready for an event this weekend that will benefit the homeless. River City United Methodist Church will host its Fourth Saturday Community-Wide Outreach Sunday morning. The event will include free hair cuts, counseling, and free health screenings to the homeless. Thanks to a large donation from Jim Massey Cleaners, 450 winter coats will also be…

A Look Inside Montgomery’s Camp Hope

From the road, it doesn’t look like much, but in the woods, on the banks of the Alabama River you’ll find Camp Hope.  It’s home to five people who are homeless and living in tents. “I’m not content living like this, I truly am not, I’d much rather have running water, heat and air,” explained James Spedding who has lived…

Annual Count of the Homeless Conducted Tuesday Night

Volunteers with the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless canvassed streets across Montgomery Tuesday night in search of homeless residents.  It was part of the annual homeless point-in-time count.  Molly Stone says this census is a requirement to get funding to help serve the homeless community.  It also helps the organization learn more about the homeless population. “That helps us make…

Coalition Canvasses City to Count Number of Homeless

    How big is the homeless problem in Montgomery? The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless is working to determine that number. Staff and volunteers canvassed the city Thursday night, counting the number of homeless people both on the street and in shelters. Volunteers also gave out food, hygiene items, blankets, and coats. The annual count is necessary in order to receive…