Over a dozen displaced from Lynchburg shelter for renovations

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The Salvation Army in Lynchburg sent an eviction letter to more than a dozen people living at their Center of Hope Shelter on Monday, giving them less than a week to gather their things and leave.

Rodney Dean Staton had been staying there for a month and a half before receiving that letter.

“They just gave us an eviction notice a week ago to get out in five days, and a lot of people don’t have somewhere to go,” said Staton.

He says other shelters are either full or only have room for women at the moment.

“It’s kind of sad really because you’re going to take people out of an environment and then try to help them and then in a five-day notice you’re going to put them back to where they started from, back to the streets. It’s tough out here,” explained Staton.

The Salvation Army is one option. However, it’s undergoing renovations. A representative says the update is expected to be finished in 49 days.

Sarah Turner knows another person who received an eviction letter.

“Remaining homeless isn’t always a choice,” said Turner. “Sometimes people need a little extra help because it could be addiction-related, it could be mental health related, it could be a variety of different things.”

Turner says this issue, plus more people facing eviction due to the moratorium, is why she and several others are looking to help.

“I think it’s important for the community to know that this is happening, so we know where to put our money, our time, and our efforts,” said Turner.

The group is in the process of partnering with shelters, community leaders, and organizations like United Way to bring awareness and resources to those who might need it. They want all the help they can get.

“Bringing light to the situation will begin to have the community rally around and be like, ‘how can we help? What can we do to get these people off the streets and other people into homes?'” added Turner.

She and others are also working on getting information into the hands of those with nowhere to stay.

Turner told WFXR News that this isn’t the first time the Salvation Army has undergone renovations. They periodically undergo improvements to better accommodate those in need.

You can find more on how to help by messaging Turner through her Facebook page.

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