The End Of Homelessness?

A ten-year plan to end homelessness in Atlanta has many optimistic, but some social workers believe it may be inherently impossible.
February 4, 2004, 7am PST | David Gest
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The Open Door Community homeless shelter has been at 910 Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta for over 20 years, serving thousands of the city's homeless as the surrounding neighborhood begins to gentrify. Where does the shelter fit in with Mayor Shirley Franklin's efforts to eradicate homelessness in the city? In an unusual move, the Mayor has asked members of her blue-ribbon Commission on Homelessness to continue working for the city to implement their recommendations. "The result is a historic confluence of effort and resources by city officials, community leaders and the business community...[Franklin's plan] is a wildly ambitious public/private undertaking whose stated goal is nothing less than the eradication of chronic homelessness in Atlanta within the next decade."

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Published on Thursday, January 29, 2004 in Creative Loafing Atlanta
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