Decatur homeless numbers increase amid the pandemic

Homeless advocates concerned

DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - Homeless numbers increase in Decatur in the midst of the global pandemic.

Homeless advocates in Decatur are sounding the alarm. According to our news partners at the Decatur Daily, the pandemic is making the city’s problems worse. Our news partners at the Decatur Daily spoke with Sue Terrell, the executive director of Hands Across Decatur.

Terrell said the organization went from helping 15 to 30 people a week last January to 80 or more a week now. On top of that, the Salvation Army shelter had to close temporarily due to COVID-19 exposure, putting many out in the cold.

Her phone has been ringing non-stop with people needing help, Terrell said. Read the full story from our news partners at the Decatur Daily.

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