POSTED: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 5:49pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 28, 2012 - 1:06pm
TYLER-- A few months after the East Texas Rescue Mission is forced to shut down, the homeless are making a new part of Tyler their home. Salvation Army says they have had a large increase in the number of homeless people, but some are staying in other places--like downtown Tyler.
Garland Craig has a job working 20 hours a week on minimum wage, but it's not enough to keep him off the streets. He says people don't want to mess with the problem, 'If you walk up and say give me two dollars, they're gonna give you two dollars but they don't want to mess with you. They don't want to hear from you-- just take the two dollars and go on," says Craig.
Out of concern for both the city's safety and the homeless people, Mayor Barbara Bass says they'll continue to work with organizations like the Salvation Army and Path to help.