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Untangling Homelessness in Midtown

Published: 09/05/19


Editor's Note: This story is the first in a three-part series.

Midtown Atlanta is known as one of the city’s most thriving areas, but if you’ve spent any time in the district, you’ve likely come across someone experiencing homelessness. Homelessness ranked among the top five most pressing issues facing Midtown in the 2019 Midtown Community Survey. It's natural to ask, “why doesn't somebody do something to change this?"  

In Atlanta, the work to combat homelessness is spread across many different groups, including the faith community, business leaders, nonprofits, public safety and the City of Atlanta. We spoke with several experts on the ground working to solve this citywide issue to find out what they're doing, how it's going and what's next. 

Click the images below to read their stories from the front lines.

The Rainmaker

Faith Community Opens Doors

The Alarm Clock

Turning the Model Inside-Out

Five Things We Learned

Local Helpers Lend a Hand

Kristian's Playbook

Inside the Numbers

How Clarence Found His Way

Next in This Series

October: Before daybreak, Midtown Blue public safety officers are out on patrol in the district, conducting wake-ups and checking in on the welfare of homeless people here. Meanwhile, the outreach work of Intown Ministries staff helps assess needs and recommend support services. We rode along to see firsthand what happens on the ground every day toward changing the outcome for people experiencing homelessness.

November: Meet a person who changed his circumstances and got off the streets. Before he became homeless, Clarence had gainful employment and a roof over his head. He fell on hard times, but has worked his way back to stability with help from a Midtown Blue public safety officer who went above and beyond. 

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