This week on GPB Savannah, we’re hearing some of the sounds of East Broad Street downtown. We’ve been working with an anthropology class at the Savannah College of Art and Design to collect stories from the area.
A few dozen people still living in outdoor homeless camps on Savannah’s east side have until Saturday morning to move. Cindy Murphy Kelley, executive director of the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless, says police and city officials are urging the camp residents to move before 8 a.m. Saturday, when heavy equipment will begin preparing the area for construction work. City officials and social service groups have been working for several weeks to relocate more than 90 people living in the wooded area off east President Street.
Fighting poverty, finding new leadership for the police force, and providing job opportunities for Savannah's youth were the key themes of Mayor Edna Jackson's "State of the City" address Tuesday. Speaking in a nearly-full ballroom at Savannah's Civic Center, Jackson said the local economy is recovering. She touted expansions by several local businesses and the city's record-breaking tourism rate last year.
Georgians looking for help staying warm this winter are finding long lines and reduced budgets at assistance programs. Low-income residents can apply for federally-financed home heating through community organizations. Last month's cuts in food stamp benefits led to a record number of applicants for energy assistance.