City of Atlanta approves $50M plan to combat homelessness
Posted July 20
ATLANTA, GA — Atlanta is hoping to make a dent in its homeless population with a newly secured $50 million plan.
"I think it's an excellent thing," Anthony Herrell said.
Herrell lived at the Gateway Center. He recently completed the city's Georgia Works program. He now has a job of his own and hopes the city's new plan will help others.
"You know, get back employed and just live happy, joyous and free. This is a great place to start," says Herrell.
The city will invest $25 million through a Homelessness Opportunity bond. The United Way will match that amount.
Some of the goals are to create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth by 2020 and house 147 homeless veterans by end of 2017. The city also wants to permanently house 500 disabled homeless people by 2019.
"There's also going to be wrap around services. You can imagine the needs and we're going to have a way to support people who are in a homeless situation," city councilwoman Natalyn Archibong said.
The city hasn't released an action plan to complete the goals. Archibong said it's a work in progress.
"Everything is not defined yet. We have a frame work and they're going to be working through the framework," says Herrell.
The city will work with it's Continuum of Care Department and the United Way to come up with a plan to reach the goals. There were at least 3,500 people reported homeless in the city of Atlanta this year.
Herrell said in order for this program to work, the people have to want the help.
"You have to have a desire to want to do something for yourself and get back on your feet."
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