Thursday, February 21, 2013
The state of Georgia to get more than $4 million in rental assistance to prevent homelessness or unnecessary institutionalization among the state's low-income individuals with disabilities.
Last week, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the State of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to announce the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program (PRA Demo) major grant award. HUD and HHS awarded the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority (GHFA) $4.1 million for Georgians with disabilities who are likely to become homeless or unnecessary institutionalized. "My administration is committed to reducing street homelessness in the City of Atlanta, and this grant will help our efforts tremendously," said Reed in a release. "We've already made great strides, and this grant …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
As of the last point-in-time homeless count, there were nearly 5,000 people sleeping in emergency night shelters and outdoor locations in Atlanta.
Sunday, January 13
Staff Report In partnership with the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Hands On Atlanta and the Central Atlanta Progress, the Atlanta Homeless Registry initiative is calling on volunteers this week to ensure its success. “It concerns me deeply that every night thousands of homeless individuals are sleeping on Atlanta’s streets with nowhere to go and no hope for the future,” said Mayor Kasim Reed in a news release. “My administration is committed to identifying the specific needs of our homeless population and matching them with available resources. The Street Homeless Registry is the first step to make that a reality, but we need hundreds of volunteers for this effort to be successful. I urge residents to consider volunteering for this vital …
Friday, October 5, 2012
While volunteers helped construct a recreation and fitness area for the westside-based Atlanta Mission on Thursday, residents feel the community around Renaissance Park has been "severely compromised and has deteriorated" due to Atlanta's homelessness.
Atlanta’s homeless continue to be in the news during a week in which the Atlanta City Council approved an anti-panhandling ordinance that Mayor Kasim Reed said represented the right balance between tough enforcement and offering humane services to those who need it including the homeless. And as Creative Loafing’s Thomas Wheatley wrote this week, Mayor Reed has made reducing the City’s homelessness a top priority. It is estimated that 21,000 people are homeless in Georgia, and lack not only housing, but also access to health and wellness programs and support that can help them improve their lives. On Thursday, ARAMARK, the global professional services company, expanded its partnership with the westside’s Atlanta Mission, which provides …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
No, despite the desire of many, the shelter is not vacant yet. But if it does become so, what would you like to see replace it?
Welcome to another edition of "Visions for Vacancies," where we visit a local vacant commercial building and ask you what you'd like to see go in that space. Today, we’re at very familiar site to Midtown residents and that’s the homeless shelter building at the corner of Peachtree and Pine streets. Of course to the dismay of many frustrated Midtown residents, this building isn’t vacant and has been housing hundreds of homeless men for last 15 or so years. That’s when Coca-Cola heiress Ednabelle Wardlaw purchased the 100,000-square-foot former auto parts warehouse and donated it to the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. Over the last decade and a half, the shelter has generated a number of problems for Midtown and surrounding …