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Augusta Commission discuss homelessness efforts



AUGUSTA, Ga. – A good portion of Tuesday’s Augusta Commission meeting was spent talking about homelessness issues in the Augusta-Richmond County Commission.

The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office gave commissioners an update on their ‘Finding a Way Home’ initiative, geared towards helping those in need. Chief Patrick Clayton says many homeless people continue to gather under bridges and the sheriff’s office is doing it’s best to clear the areas without confiscating peoples belongings. He says with the help of partners like the Salvation Army and Untied Way they provide basic needs such as food and clothing but not housing.

The commission voted to create a task force whose job will be to help brainstorm ways to help the homeless community. First on the list identifying a location for a warming shelter during these cold temperatures.