Homelessness increasing near Railroad Park

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Emily Luxen

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - As plans for more new development increase around Railroad Park, so do more communities of homeless people.

Mayor William Bell said he is concerned about the problem. He said he doesn't want the problem to deter development in a growing area, but said it is a difficult problem to solve.

The city is currently asking for federal assistance and relies on local police and social services agencies to help as well.  Bell hopes the situation doesn't keep people from wanting to move, live, or work in downtown. The city will continue to do what they can to encourage growth near Railroad Park.

"This is nothing that Birmingham is facing alone," said Mayor Bell. "It is like this all across the country. All we can try and do is enforce laws where that is appropriate and create a safe environment for homeless people and public as well."

Birmingham residents agree and say it is something that everyone will have to work together to solve.

"I do think we should do more to help people and to provide a safe place for them to go and provide social services," said Beverly Miller.

"We need to see Birmingham grow, and it isn't just about the homeless problem, it is bigger than that," said Renee Moore.  "Birmingham needs to grow, and we want the best for our city."

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