Low-Cost, Quick-Delivery Shelter and Housing Units Introduced
for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Donated GEMA COVID-19 Shipping Container Units will Kick off City-Wide Initiative
ATLANTA, GA— Partners for HOME, on behalf of the Atlanta Continuum of Care, will work with the City of Atlanta to develop hundreds of lost-cost, quick shelter and housing units to support people experiencing homelessness in the City of Atlanta. On July 31, 2023 Mayor Andre Dickens issued an Executive Order directing the City to allocate $4M to Partners for HOME to begin phase one of the plan. Activities will include acquiring and moving portable COVID-19 ICU units donated from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) to City-owned property.
“Our hope for this new plan is to develop more options for people experiencing homelessness to get off the streets and into a place of their own,” said Partners for Chief Executive Office Cathryn Vassell. “This is in addition to our LIFT 2.0 homeless response plan to house 1,500 households by December 31, 2024,” continues Vassell.
The use of the former ICU units will help reduce costs and time to create new shelter and housing opportunities for unhoused neighbors. Once relocated to the City of Atlanta, Partners for HOME will work with local firm, Atlantica Properties, to manage the unit developments and ensure community members are engaged in the development process.
The Administration has identified 184 Forsyth Street in downtown Atlanta to locate the first phase of units. The site offers easy access to the Garnett MARTA and wraparound support services such health care, substance abuse treatment, educational and employment assistances, and navigation to permanent housing.
The anticipated completion date for the first phase is December 31, 2023.
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