Church, local charity aids in homeless camp cleanup

Church, local charity aids in homeless camp cleanup

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A group of church volunteers and a local charity helped clean up a local homeless camp where a man was stabbed a few weeks ago.

Fifteen youth group members from Macedonia Baptist Church in Petal, along with Fieldhouse for the Homeless aided in the cleanup Monday morning.

"It wasn't too long ago that one of our clients actually lost his life in this homeless camp," said Randy Price, a Fieldhouse for the Homeless advocate. "Part of our mission of Fieldhouse for the Homeless is making homelessness a season of life and not a way of life."

The Hattiesburg Police Department was not allowed to clean up the private property, so the two groups swooped in to help.

"Back when the homicide happened here, we told all the people in here that they to clear out," said HPD Lt. Jon Traxler. "They couldn't live here anymore. It's private property, so they city cannot go and clean it up."

Traxler's job Monday was to make sure homeless people were not coming by and bothering the volunteers during the cleanup.

Over the past 18 months, the charity has helped homeless people get into apartments. For more information, visit