Local minister steps in to help Houston's homeless

- It was clear Thursday the residents in the South Acres subdivision of Skyview Park had enough.  They say their community is on the decline.

Mariah Howell says, "I've seen on several occasions the homeless people like urinate behind the electric box over there, and that's just very disgusting because there are facilities for that."

Members of Houston's homeless population are moving out to the burbs, and that has become a headache for those who live in the area. There is a homeless camp under 288 at Almeda Genoa Road.

When Pastor James Winston with Life Center Houston saw our report Thursday, he decided to take action.  He went out to meet some of the homeless men himself.  He also took the men food, gifts, and a proposal.

He says, "we're coming back here and everybody that comes under this bridge tonight  let them know we're coming back and they're welcome to come with us for a warm bed, hot meal to the Life Center."

Pastor Winston started the Life Center 27 years ago as part of his church - his ministry.  He can accommodate up to 100 homeless men, women, and children at his facility.

He says those who have been living under 288 at Almeda Genoa are welcome to start a new life with him and he's willing to do it on their terms.

"Do all I can to come back with us and make them as comfortable as possible with no strings and even if they've been drinking," says Winston.

Winston says until he's able to get them to move he's going to insist they clean up after themselves and make sure their behavior won't offend the people who call the area home.

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