Should Atlanta Spend $500,000 To Support The Homeless at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport?

December 1, 2023
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📰 The Gist: The Atlanta City Council is set to vote on a resolution to provide support services for homeless people who come to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, focusing on non-criminalization and welfare.

🔍 The Details: Councilmembers Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Michael Julian Bond, Matt Westmoreland, and Antonio Lewis have proposed a resolution urging the Airport General Manager to adopt a plan assisting homeless individuals at the airport. The plan includes an emergency procurement agreement with a service provider, capped at $500,000, to offer outreach and identify specific service needs.

🌡️ In Context: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, owned and operated by the City of Atlanta, often becomes a shelter for unhoused individuals, especially in colder months. The domestic terminal is most affected. Atlanta’s proposed policy refrains from criminalizing homelessness, focusing instead on providing support.

💡 Why It Matters: This resolution reflects a broader challenge faced by many cities regarding homelessness. It underscores Atlanta’s commitment to addressing homelessness with compassion and practical solutions, balancing the needs of unhoused individuals with the safety and welfare of airport travelers.

What’s Next?: Post-vote, the Airport General Manager is expected to present a plan or alternative strategy to the Transportation Committee within 30 days, detailing how to mitigate the presence of unhoused individuals at the airport while providing them necessary support.

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