Moderated by Rick Badie
No plans for Saturday? The Fulton County sheriff invites you to attend and assist with an annual Homeless Initiative, a block party for a worthy cause that takes place this weekend on Central Avenue in downtown Atlanta. In the companion column, a volunteer for a Lawrenceville nonprofit tells us the shelves of many food pantries across metro Atlanta are running low. She explains how the situation puts children at risk and asks people to donate.
For homeless, a day of hope
By Ted Jackson
When the sun rises on Central Avenue near the Fulton County Courthouse and many are coming to work, there is another rush of people circulating, rolling suitcases and toting bags, blankets and other belongings. They are part of Fulton’s homeless population. Nearby churches and shelters offer them breakfast. They get their meals and often keep moving, while some linger around downtown buildings.
There’s another story at the Fulton County Jail. An internal report conducted last week indicated 162 inmates were classified as homeless during the booking process. They told jail staff they lived in shelters. Some did not know their addresses. That snapshot reflects what detention officers, deputies, jail medical staff and other civilian workers see every day, all year long.