The Catherine Street apartment evictions shocked not only the city but the nation. It also shone light on a very real and serious problem Starkville has: homelessness.
Together the Oktibbeha County chapter of the NAACP and Starkville Strong worked to find a solution. Out of Starkville Strong, a new organization has arisen with the target goal of helping the unhoused. This new organization is called The Village and the name derives from the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”
On Monday evening this group, led by Cate Van Halsama, approached the Board of Supervisors with Mississippi District 38 Representative Cheikh Taylor in the room for support to talk about plans for the auxiliary building at the old Maben High School.
“Today we're talking about a huge issue, in fact, a fatal flaw in our city government, county government, and that is that we have not provided the tools and mechanisms that undergird some problems on people, and that's affordable housing,” Rep. Taylor said.
For the full story, check out the Tuesday, October 19 edition of SDN.