For the first time, the City of Atlanta is partnering with the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Hands-On Atlanta and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District to create a registry of homeless people in the city.
As part of the city’s Unsheltered No More initiative, 300 volunteers will spend Thursday night and Friday morning building a by-name registry of people on the streets and in shelters. The short-term goal is to “move 800 people into stable housing by December 2013” and the long-term goal is to end chronic homelessness by 2015.
An AJC article on the effort states: “at last count, there were nearly 5,000 people sleeping in emergency night shelters and outdoor locations in Atlanta.”
This is good news for the city. It seems that the Mayor’s office has a real plan for addressing homelessness that goes beyond the lip service paid to the problem in years past by city leaders. I’m also glad to see that, according to the online sign-up form, the project has all the volunteers it needs for both Thursday and Friday.