According to the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, there are more than 4,000 persons living in and around Savannah, GA who are experiencing homelessness. While the majority are men, Savannah’s growing homeless population includes children, single mothers and in-tact families.
Many of Savanah’s homeless sleep in their cars, with friends, in shelters and in tent camps. Encampments are on the rise. Pictured here is the tent city located under the overpass on East President Street. This pictures were made in late March, 2017.
Savannah authorities recently approved building up to 80 16×8 (128 square feet) units to house some of Savannah’s homeless. The unites will cost of $7000 each. Informally known as “The Tiny House Project,” the development will be officially named the Cove at Dunee, and will be located at 75 Dundee. Currently, the CSAH is seeking to raise $1.7 million for the project, and hopes to break ground this summer.
William Benner, who is currently homeless in Savannah, is writing a blog about his experience. Benner writes, “When I first moved to Savannah, I was promised from the friend that invited me, that I would find work easily. However, one job after another fell through, and I was not making enough money through my online efforts to cover all my needs. I soon fell behind in my rent to the point I was evicted from the place I was living. After I was evicted, I knew I had to make a choice, to either live in a conventional shelter, or fend for myself ‘on the streets.'”
In “At Home on the Street, co-authors Jason Adam Wasserman and Jeffrey M. Clair, document the reasons some of Birmingham, Alabama’s homeless choose the streets over shelters. Matthew Desmond, in “evicted,” offers a moving and detailed description of the experiences of some of the thousands of people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who are evicted each year. In one of his more halting observations, Desmond writes, “While black men are being locked up, black women are being locked out.”