“We are now supporting around 80% of the people who previously lived in the tent city, including men, women and families with children.”
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Earlier this week, 3News reported on ten cities being built in downtown Corpus Christi.
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The huge homeless tent city was nowhere near any visible bathrooms or shower facilities. It was on W. Broadway St. and Parkers Alley just down the street from Solomon Coles High School.
Councilor Mike Pusley said the city had known about this tent city for some time. He said the city was trying to decide what to do about the problem.
“We’re not trying to let this happen any longer than necessary,” he said. “Our big challenge right now is to find the right place where we can relocate these people and provide them with adequate protection. Hopefully we can do this very soon.”
On Thursday, the Salvation Army announced that it was supporting about 80 percent of those who lived in the tent city.
We have taken in 44 people and each of them has received residential assistance, “said Emily Shafer, director of the Coast Bend Salvation Army.” We will continue to provide assistance and intensive case management for the next 30 days. “
The TSA said conditions in the tent city had become unbearable due to “extreme weather, drugs and violence”.
The Salvation Army is actively seeking landlords to work with to provide stable and affordable housing to families and individuals in need. Call (361) 884-9497 or email [email protected] for more information.
Donations can be made to 521 Josephine Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401.
Donations can also be made online at www.salvationarmycorpuschristi.org
Essential items such as socks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body wash and shampoo can be donated at 521 Josephine Street Corpus Christi, TX 78401.
The Bend of the Coast Salvation Army offers refuge and is committed to helping those most in need and during the most difficult times.
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