Midlands Homeless Population Grows by 17 Percent | Columbia, South Carolina | 10 WISTV
A new report shows a 17 percent increase in the Midlands’ homeless population, but the opening of a new homeless center may help the numbers go down. Some of those without a home of their own are ready to put the transition center to good use.
1,621 people in the Midlands are homeless. Nearly 70 percent are men, 16 percent are under the age of 18 and 138 members of the homeless population are children under five years old.
“I never had any training skills or anything, except for janitor, stuff like that and that’s not going to get me nowhere,” said 51 year old James Massey.
On Tuesday, Massey joined hundreds of others at a ribbon cutting ceremony for Columbia’s Transitions Center, a place to help the homeless get back on their feet.