Homeless advertise yard sale to sell donated items
Homeless people say they need jobs, housesUPDATED 6:32 AM HST Jan 17, 2014Video Transcript
SOME OF YOU... SAW THIS SIGN.... AND ASKED WYFF NEWS 4... TO INVESTIGATE WHETHER YOUR DONATIONS TO THE HOMELESS... ARE REALLY HELPING. THE SIGN SAYS... "TENT CITY YARD SALE." "TENT CITY" IS A HOMELESS COMMUNITY UNDER THE PETE HOLLIS BRIDGE IN GREENVILLE. WYFF NEWS 4 INVESTIGATES HAS LEARNED... PEOPLE LIVING THERE ... ARE TRYING TO SELL ITEMS THAT WERE DONATED TO THEM. AS GABRIELLE KOMOROWSKI REPORTS.... OUR INVESTIGATION... LITERALLY UNCOVERED A PROBLEM... WE NEVER EXPECTED TO FIND. UNDER THE PETE HOLLIS BRIDGE... ... ARE SIGNS... OF A DIFFICULT LIFE... clip 4 05.34 it's hard living out here, especially when it's cold 37 BUT WE ALSO FOUND SIGNS... OF SALES. "TODDLER SHOES" FOR 50 CENTS... AND A SIGN FOR A "TENT CITY YARD SALE." 06.11 the yard sale was just one thing to try 15 LISA HARRIS.... TOLD US... YES... SHE AND OTHERS HAVE TRIED TO SELL THE VERY ITEMS GIVEN TO THEM. THEN... SHE SHOWED US WHY. clip 5 08.20 come right here and look... ohmygosh... all of it... clip 5 08.20 come right here and look... ohmygosh... all of it... is slammed packed full this whole tent 25 MULTIPLE TENTS... FULL... OF DONATIONS... THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN USED... 09.24 thank you so much, but we don't need no more clothes 27 LISA TOLD WYFF NEWS 4 INVESTIGATES.... WHAT THIS HOMELESS COMMUNITY REALLY NEEDS... ARE HOMES. GAB QUESTION: 06.35 you were going to sell some of the clothes and donated items in order to help.... "help us build up money to try to buy trailers and cheap houses for people to live in 47 21.51 a lot of them have some obstacles of getting jobs or getting into housing, 21.59 THE TRIUNE MERCY CENTER IN GREENVILLE WORKS WITH THE HOMELESS.... PROVIDING HEALTHCARE, AND REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES.. ASSOCIATE PASTOR KAREN ELLIS SAYS... PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HELP... CAN DONATE TO AN ORGANIZATION THAT DOES OUTREACH. 25.16 people are taking the donations and items to help the people, and they're not realizing the end result. it's not really helping them it's just helping them sell items and get money from those items. 29 FOR LISA... AND THE OTHERS WHO LIVE IN THESE TENTS.... 03.31 we need houses, we need places to live where we don't have to worry about people kicking us out. we need jobs 37 THE PROBLEM... IS CLEAR. THE SOLUTION... IS NOT. GABRIELLE KOMOROWSKI, WYFF NEWS 4, GREENVILLE. THERE ARE MANY LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT HELP THE HOMELESS... IN ADDITION TO THE TRIUNE MERCY CENTER, YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT SALVATION ARMY AND MIRACLE HILL.