No overnight warming centers in Decatur; Salvation Army can’t find people to work

Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 8:41 PM CST
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - The cold weather this week has had many people without a home looking for a warm place to stay.

We’ve learned there’s nowhere for the homeless to go overnight right now in Decatur.

The Salvation Army of Decatur had to close its shelter in August due to staffing issues. WAFF is told the goal was to reopen the overnight facility for the winter months but that hasn’t happened.

Captain Thomas Marion says they’ve aggressively tried to hire the staff needed, but have not had one application since September.

Marion says they’ve raised the pay for the shelter monitor position from $8 to $10.50 an hour.

“We want to have a place for people to come at least in the winter, where they can get out of the cold weather and everything, but we have eight staff members altogether, running our operations in Athens and Decatur. So we’re so short-handed, our hands are tied in what we can do,” Marion said.

The Salvation Army in Decatur does have 20 people in transitional family housing, and some rooms are still open.

If you are interested in applying, call their office at (256) 353-2822.

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