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HOMELESS – Why Everyone Should Have a Place 2 Love in Georgia

You may have been one of the fortunate that had a good night’s sleep in your own home.  But here in the metro Atlanta area, there are many that cannot say the same. 

I have determined to help eradicate homelessness in the metro Atlanta area by creating affordable permanent housing that can be rented or owned.  Although we will start small, helping one family/individual at a time, I know we can make a difference!

I had the wonderful opportunity of volunteering with Home Stretch, which provides transitional housing in North Fulton, and I met a wonderful individual.  He had a great work ethic and had worked in lawn care for years but because of the recent drought (affecting greatly his business), he is now among the homeless.

 What are your thoughts about this issue of homelessness?  Let me know.

Here are some stats. from The United Way’s Regional Commission on Homelessnesshttp://www.unitedwayatlanta.org/e0-homeless.asp

717

homeless people were found to be on the streets, in shelters, transitional housing, service programs or at meal sites.
23% stated that they were veterans with 32% reporting to have been in combat.
47% of the people indicated that drug or alcohol use was the reason for their homelessness
29% of survey respondents had been homeless for more than one year.

*Source: 2007 Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative Homeless Census and survey covering the City of Atlanta, Fulton and DeKalb County. The information is from a point-in-time survey.