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Salisbury To Focus on Homeless Housing

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SALISBURY, Md. - Local experts agree that homelessness is on the rise on the lower shore, especially the chronically homeless. They are defined by one agency as living primarily on the street, and either not seeking or not having access to shelter.

The city of Salisbury is looking to improve its efforts with homelessness, and one of its recent initiatives was to create a new position within a new department with a particular focus on finding the homeless permanent housing.  

The new Housing and Community Development will be overseen by Theo Williams, who has been named the Housing and Homelessness manager.

" I want to be the point person where someone that's in the state of homelessness we can connect them with the right resources and make it so they're spending less time in homelessness," Williams said.

Williams will be working with various agencies in the area to accomplish that goal, one of which is HALO Ministries in Salisbury. HALO provides programs and services for the homeless, including temporary housing. Its Executive Director is optimistic the new city arrangement will be beneficial.

" The team of people that have come together are amazing people. They've worked with the homeless for a very long time so I think they have their finger on the pulse," said Celeste Savage, Executive Director of HALO Ministries.
Williams says his new role should be even more helpful to organizations like HALO.

 

"By the city giving an additional resource both in the staff person and the new program we're going to enable them to have more access to services and get out of those shelters
Williams said it is too early in the process to provide specifics about the actual housing and where it might be located in Salisbury.

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