Atlanta is seeking volunteers as part of an effort to create the first name-by-name registry of homeless people in the city. The survey is aimed at placing hundreds of homeless residents in permanent housing by December.
The annual VSA Arts of Georgia Holiday Arts Sale is underway. The sale features work from Georgia homeless and disabled artists. Tucked away in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, VSA has trained and showcased Georgia’s disadvantaged since 1974.
Two Atlanta-based groups will receive more than $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to fight homelessness in veterans. The grants are part of a more than $100 million national effort to keep veterans from becoming homeless and to help homeless veterans.
A public-private collaboration wants to find Southeast Georgia's 100 most seriously mentally ill patients. The goal is to identify the area's most at-risk population for homelessness, jail or hospitalization -- and give them extra resources to stay out of trouble. Once indentified, patients will work with peer navigators to lower recidivism.
Georgia is in the process of reforming its mental health system after a federal lawsuit challenged poor conditions in state psychiatric hospitals. But students from the Medical College of Georgia are hoping to bring about changes at the street level by helping homeless people deal with mental illness before ending up in a state hospital.