Homelessness in Athens: Will There Be an End to the Cycle of Poverty?

Athens and homelessness seem to go hand-in-hand, but today there are several obstacles in place that prevent progress within the community, and rather instill those affected into harsh cycles of poverty. While there are several nonprofit outreach programs within the community, much of what is holding these people back steams from unresolved issues within the system that prevent people from applying to jobs and making the money they need to support themselves and their families. “A lot of times I see people that look like perfectly capable people. And I…

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Athens’ Homeless Rates Drop, But Root Causes Remain

The Reality of Homeless Rates Despite the collaborative shelter and service relief efforts, Athens, Georgia has just 17 fewer homeless in 2016 due to the difficulty in addressing homelessness’s root causes. According the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2016 Homelessness Point in Time Count (PIT) conducted for Athens-Clarke County, the total number of homeless individuals dropped from 247 persons in 2014 to 225 persons in January 2016. Clarke County sits among 11 other counties reporting the highest numbers of homelessness in the state. The Georgia Department of…

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