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Thu Nov 30, 2017, 08:51 PM

Non-profit agencies are moving the homeless into permanent housing

There are about 2,000 homeless people living in the state of Mississippi according to an annual report by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. With the majority living in shelters, organizers are focused on moving them into permanent housing. MPB's Ashley Norwood reports.

Stewpot's Matt's House is an emergency homeless shelter for women and children in Jackson. It allows the homeless an initial 14-day limit. During that time, counselors are working to assist them in finding long-term housing and employment. After 14 days, the resident must prove they're searching for work and housing or they are asked to leave the shelter.

Cambre Vincent is a native of Collins. She is a resident at Matt's House. Her fiance is a resident at another homeless shelter in Jackson.

"We had an apartment that we lived in. We left to come here for a job and it just didn't work out," said Vincent.

Vincent requested a two-week extension at Matt's House but if she doesn't find employment soon, she says she's afraid of what may happen to her family.

Read more: http://www.mpbonline.org/blogs/news/2017/11/29/non-profit-agencies-are-moving-the-homeless-into-permanent-housing/

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