The City of Hattiesburg is helping homeless individuals move into shelters


HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Mississippi United Homelessness (MUTEH) and the City of Hattiesburg teamed up together over the last couple of weeks to help local homeless people find shelters to live in, and to receive better care.

Mayor of Hattiesburg, Johnny DuPree said, "If you don't stop it where it is, then you perpetuate it. You continue that same culture so the children who grow up, this is all they know."

"We have a lot of people that we've talked to that were in bad health or they had health conditions because they were out here," said homeless coordinator, Kim Townsend.

16 people lived in the wooded area next to the Walmart located on Highway 49. But thanks to MUTEH, half of those people are currently housed and receiving the resources they need.

"They can be in our neighborhoods and they're not having to commit petty crimes to just survive every day or to walk so many miles to a shelter to get food," said Townsend.

Townsend said there are four homeless people still in the process to be housed.

If you would like to donate to MUTEH, you can call the number, (601) 960-0557.

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