Tony Sylvester Gamble came up to Myrtle Beach from Salters in Williamsburg County. Growing up picking cotton and tobacco, he said he doesn't have skills that translate into most of the work force. Here since 2014, Gamble worked in seasonal jobs making minimum wage and was never able to save enough money to take him through the off season. "You use all your money paying for that hotel room rent and food and living. You don't have no money to save. I ain't stupid. I knew the season job would end and then what? I'd be out of that hotel room and out here on the street. I'm stuck. There's a lot of us stuck here," he said. Gamble and about 30 others are at Sun Coast Christian Church Emergency Shelter in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. They were given a warm meal and a place to sleep inside the church as the temperatures outside drop. But the emergency shelter was discontinued because of fire and building code concerns. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com
Tony Sylvester Gamble came up to Myrtle Beach from Salters in Williamsburg County. Growing up picking cotton and tobacco, he said he doesn't have skills that translate into most of the work force. Here since 2014, Gamble worked in seasonal jobs making minimum wage and was never able to save enough money to take him through the off season. "You use all your money paying for that hotel room rent and food and living. You don't have no money to save. I ain't stupid. I knew the season job would end and then what? I'd be out of that hotel room and out here on the street. I'm stuck. There's a lot of us stuck here," he said. Gamble and about 30 others are at Sun Coast Christian Church Emergency Shelter in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. They were given a warm meal and a place to sleep inside the church as the temperatures outside drop. But the emergency shelter was discontinued because of fire and building code concerns. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com JANET BLACKMON MORGAN JBLACKMON@THESUNNEWS.COM
Tony Sylvester Gamble came up to Myrtle Beach from Salters in Williamsburg County. Growing up picking cotton and tobacco, he said he doesn't have skills that translate into most of the work force. Here since 2014, Gamble worked in seasonal jobs making minimum wage and was never able to save enough money to take him through the off season. "You use all your money paying for that hotel room rent and food and living. You don't have no money to save. I ain't stupid. I knew the season job would end and then what? I'd be out of that hotel room and out here on the street. I'm stuck. There's a lot of us stuck here," he said. Gamble and about 30 others are at Sun Coast Christian Church Emergency Shelter in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015. They were given a warm meal and a place to sleep inside the church as the temperatures outside drop. But the emergency shelter was discontinued because of fire and building code concerns. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com JANET BLACKMON MORGAN JBLACKMON@THESUNNEWS.COM
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