Homeless Coalition bank account wiped clean
Dec. 20, 2013 at 6:20 a.m.
Updated Dec. 21, 2013 at 6:21 a.m.
The Victoria Area Homeless Coalition suffered a loss last week when forgers withdrew just more than $1,800 from its bank account.
The loss stings, said coalition president Kim Pickens.
The coalition is gearing up for its annual homeless count in January, and the money is needed to purchase items for care packages, Pickens said.
"They wiped our accounts clean," she said. "That's been the hard part -- knowing that we don't have money to do any of that. We're pretty much in the dark right now."
The annual homeless count identifies and assists those in need and helps agencies that provide assistance qualify for Housing and Urban Development grant funding.
Pickens said she's unaware of how the coalition's account information was obtained, "it could have been a number of different ways," she said.
An incident report was filed with the Victoria Police Department, and the case is under investigation. Detectives with the police department were not available Friday to comment.
"It's very disheartening," Pickens said. "But we're not going to give up."