‘Day by day’: Gaston County task force addresses homeless problem

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A task force in Gaston County is trying to address the homeless problem that has been complicated by COVID-19 and the rising price of homes. People who track the number of local homeless families said it is now hard to keep up.

“You just take it day by day,” said a struggling woman, who did not want to be identified.

John Mills is the social service director of the Salvation Army of Gastonia.

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“You have property providers, landlords who are asking much higher amount of rents because the market is out there for that,” he said. “But again, you’re moving people who can’t afford it out of play. You just have more people in that cycle of homelessness.”

In the video at the top of this webpage, Gaston County reporter Ken Lemon speaks with the woman and Mills about the systems that are put in place to help but are actually working against people who are struggling.