Homelessness

Dani Andujo, Love Beyond Walls

As the coronavirus pandemic has hit Georgia, many nonprofits and community organizations have had to reevaluate how to best support vulnerable populations through the outbreak.

One such organization is Love Beyond Walls, which focuses on supporting the homeless population in metro Atlanta throughout the year. But with the growing threat of coronavirus, Terrence Lester, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, had to quickly pull together a plan to address new and critical needs in the communities they serve. 


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Every day, Emmaus House in Downtown Savannah feeds warm meals to around 150 people in their dining hall. Volunteers help serve them, and everyone who arrives for a meal gets one. But that process looks a little different these days.

 

“We just hand out these bags through our kitchen door. And that way we don't have clients inside,” said Ariana Berksteiner, the soup kitchen’s executive director. 

 

Much of the advice to stop coronavirus, such as avoiding others, washing hands and sanitizing surfaces, might be tough to follow for those who don’t have homes or rely on services like soup kitchens. On top of that, outreach groups like Emmhaus House are feeling the strain of supply shortages and strict health precautions.


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Nearly 1.6 million Americans will likely spend the holidays in a homeless shelter or some form of transitional housing.

A study by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty found laws criminalizing homeless people have multiplied in the last decade. Other studies find charges and prosecutions of the homeless does nothing to address its root causes. 


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A cold snap hit north Georgia and the Atlanta region this week. With it came windy and chilly temperatures dipping into the upper 30s. Next week, lows are expected to tease freezing levels in the metro region.

In fact, some areas in the northern part of the state received their first dusting of snow. But cold streaks activate more than meteorologists.

Community members place hands on each others shoulders during a candlelit vigil in support of the “safe harbor” legislation for child victims of human trafficking, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in Atlanta.
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A new Georgia State University study says more than half of the homeless youth in Atlanta have experienced some form of human trafficking.

 

The study, led by Professor Eric Wright, found that marginalized groups like LGBTQ youth, as well as children who come from troubled backgrounds, are even more likely to experience exploitation. 

 

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Construction cranes poke through the skyline across metro Atlanta. It's a testament to growth and efforts to draw new companies and residents to call the region home. Not so visible are the millions of Americans being thrown out of their homes. It's a problem throughout the country.

The Eviction Lab at Princeton University found nearly 2.3 million evictions were filed in the U.S. in 2016. NPR's On The Media partnered with The Eviction Lab for a four-part series called The Scarlet E: Unmasking America's Eviction Crisis.


More than a half a million Americans are homeless. In metro Atlanta, more than 3,000 people live on the streets, in shelters and in cars.

A new traveling museum uses stories, photos and virtual reality to give visitors a sense of what it's like to be homeless. It's called Dignity Museum, and the traveling museum shares the stories of those who are often forgotten. 

 


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More than a half a million Americans are homeless. In metro Atlanta, more than 3,000 people live on the streets, in shelters and in cars.

A new traveling museum uses stories, photos and virtual reality to give visitors a sense of what it's like to be homeless. It's called Dignity Museum, and the traveling museum shares the stories of those who are often forgotten. 


Millions of Americans are teetering on the brink of poverty, according to a new report from Prosperity Now that says 40 percent of all U.S. households – and 57 percent of households of color – could be knocked over the edge by one unexpected medical expense, lost paycheck or job loss.

That financial instability is mirrored in housing insecurity, and, while homelessness in Atlanta is on the decline, Fulton County remains by far the highest among the national benchmark counties, according to the Department for Housing and Urban Development. 

 


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Millions of Americans are teetering on the brink of poverty, according to a new report from Prosperity Now that says 40 percent of all U.S. households – and 57 percent of households of color – could be knocked over the edge by one unexpected medical expense, lost paycheck or job loss.

That financial instability is mirrored in housing insecurity, and, while homelessness in Atlanta is on the decline, Fulton County remains by far the highest among the national benchmark counties, according to the Department for Housing and Urban Development. 


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Every Sunday, Centenary United Methodist Church in Macon serves a free breakfast to anyone who needs it. For years Barb Fischer has been there, too, scraping plates clean before they hit the dishwasher. Why? She says she's in it for the hugs. 


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Since the 1960s, the crew at "Sesame Street" has helped generations of kids learn their numbers and ABC's. They also have explored tougher topics, introducing children to realities that may be hard to understand or discuss.

Writers and creators on "Sesame Street" have worked over the past few years to weave in stories of parental incarceration, autism and food insecurity. This year, the show debuted a story about homelessness through the character of Lily.

 


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A 12-year-old Henry County boy is helping the homeless in his community.

Marlon Miller creates and distributes what he calls “compassion bags” to people living in shelters and on the streets. They’re filled with basic items like soap, toothpaste and deodorant.

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its 2018 Homeless Assessment Report Monday. According to the report, after years of decline, homelessness in the United States edged up in 2018 for the second year in a row. Locally, the City of Atlanta reports a decline in homelessness — but the number of veterans and families sleeping on the streets, rather than in shelters, is up.


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According to the Women Veterans Office, there are over 93,000 women veterans in Georgia. Women veterans are often invisible as a population because American society perceives veterans as predominantly men.

 

We spoke to Veda Brooks, director of the Women Veterans Office in the Georgia Department of Veteran Services. She discussed challenges women veterans face in finding jobs and translating their military experience to civilian positions.

 

BriGette McCoy also joined the conversation. She is the vice chair of the City of Atlanta's Veterans Affairs Commission and CEO of Women Veteran Social Justice Network. She discussed her experiences with military sexual trauma and working as an advocate for service members.

 

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An Atlanta nonprofit is using running to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless.

Participants agree to train three times a week with volunteers. Those who stick with it get help with education, employment and housing.


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A new study from Johns Hopkins University finds that 1 in 8 organ transplants in the United States involves organs from someone who died of a drug overdose, adding another set of ethical questions to a hot-button issue.

 

With higher rates of homelessness and poverty, as well as diseases such as HIV, the demographic makeup of donors who have died of overdoses is radically different from that of the “normal” pool of organ donors.

 

Could organs from patients who overdosed actually pose health risks to the people who receive them? To answer this question, we turned to Dr. Christine Durand, who co-authored the study.

 

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According to a study released last year by the University of Chicago, more than 4 million youth in America face homelessness every year. As part of Women’s History Month, women from all over America were in Atlanta last week for a “sleep-out” at Covenant House Georgia, an area shelter.

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If you want to pass out meals to homeless people in Atlanta, you'll now need a permit. City police have begun enforcing a decades-old policy requiring one to distribute food to homeless people. Those who don't comply face fines. We sit down to discuss this policy with Deidre Oakley, Professor of Sociology at Georgia State University, and George Chidi, Social Impact Director for Central Atlanta Progress.

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The Atlanta City Council, along with the United Way, has committed $50 million  to help combat homelessness. This comes after news that the city’s largest shelter, Peachtree-Pine, will close by the end of August. Joining us is Rick Westbrook, Executive Director for Lost N Found, and Deirdre Oakley, Professor of Sociology for Georgia State University. 

On Second Thought For Monday, July 24, 2017

Jul 24, 2017

First, the Atlanta City Council, along with the United Way, has committed $50 million  to help combat homelessness. This comes after news that the city’s largest shelter, Peachtree-Pine, will close by the end of August. Joining us is Rick Westbrook, Executive Director for Lost N Found, and Deirdre Oakley, Professor of Sociology for Georgia State University.

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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed promised a comprehensive new plan to address homelessness in his State of the City address in February. The mayor promised a new $50 million program, co-funded by the city and United Way. Yesterday, Atlanta’s city council approved its share of the funding as Reed’s office released details on the expansive plan.

After Legal Troubles, Atlanta Homeless Shelter To Close

Jun 23, 2017
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An Atlanta homeless shelter will close its doors for good after years of legal battles.

Media outlets report that Peachtree Pine homeless shelter will close Aug. 28. Its building will be turned over to the downtown development group Central Atlanta Progress.

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Open Door Community has served Atlanta’s homeless population for 35 years. But lack of leadership, gentrification, and rising maintenance costs has forced one of the city’s longest running shelters to close its doors. But Open Door is not the only shelter that might shut its doors.