Community leaders joined Georgia Congressman Buddy Carter to discuss solutions to a growing problem in Savannah.
City and county leaders say the housing shortage in Savannah has become a big problem. Recently, homeownership in the area has dropped below the national average.
“We have such a housing problem in Savannah particularly among the lower income,” said Rep. Buddy Carter.
Cindy Kelley with the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless says an all-hands-on-deck approach is a real way to address homelessness in the city.
“The fundamental issue is we don’t have enough affordable housing for those who need it which is the primary reason we have homeless individuals. There are other mitigating factors like mental health, substance abuse, medical conditions and those kinds of things but from an economic perspective, we can save our community money by housing people and then addressing their needs. The system we have now is very costly and frankly not very effective,” said Kelley.
Carter says he has a concrete plan to help address the growing problem.
“The concrete plan would be to go back to Washington. D.C. to see how the funding is funneling down. Are we doing what we should be doing in Washington to make sure we are giving the different groups and agencies the flexibility they need in order to implement what we are trying to finance in Washington,” said Carter.