Well folks….”The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.” (Matthew 26:11)  I try not to address the issue of politics anymore seeing that it is a very emotional discussion with people of opposing and very passionate and personal views.

However in light of the Atlanta Peachtree-Pine Homeless Shelter closing I must say, “Bring On The Soup.” Where are all those men going to go. I do understand that some of them have mental illnesses and need professional assistance, but many of them just lack employment.

I was downtown in Hurt Park earlier this year passing out trays of breakfast with my son and actually saw families who had been sleeping in the park. What will Georgia do about its homeless crisis? This is not just a problem in the inner city, lately the crisis has spilled outside the perimeter of 285.

I believe this is because of the transitional neighborhoods with majority communities moving back into the city, and relocation of low-income families being pushed outside the city limits to the suburbs with the assistance of vouchers.

Atlanta has finally found the proper timing to shut the doors of Peachtree-Pine shelter. It is also guaranteed that Mary Norwood will win the seat of Mayor. Atlanta….you are not fooling anybody.

Churches are now being asked not to go to the streets in hope to assist those in need of a hot meal. , but rather donate to organizations who have the facilities and ability to meet the immediate necessities for mere survival. While I do agree with the cities premise on professional services for the needy, we know that there is over crowding in these places and that there isn’t enough bedding to accommodate the present need, really!

The complaint from city occupants near the shelter is that it  is an eye sore for the community, particularly since builders moved in with ideas of gentrification, adding high-priced condominiums in the downtown area.

I see this as a deep-rooted problem in the African-American Community. These men will now be taken from a location where the surroundings were more suited for them and pushed into family neighborhoods in poor communities were they will be undoubtedly forgotten and expected to survive without the care that they need.

This has been an ongoing issue for many years and while business is booming in Atlanta, there is still no solution. Let’s just say I’ll be watching this one closely! 🙂

God Bless!

(c) VPaschal 2017




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