The Peachtree Pine Homeless Shelter will no longer be open to residents seeking housing.
Located at 477 Peachtree Street NE, the shelter has been in the city since 1997. The 100,000-square-foot facility can house up to 700 homeless men each night.
The shelter has been a nuisance to city officials and an eyesore to the surrounding developing area. Crime has plagued the area, and most notably tuberculosis outbreaks have threatened the closure of the facility.
For years the city and the shelter have been at odds about the building, but now an reported $10 agreement has been reached to close its doors.
According to the Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless will continue to provide services from the shelter until August 28.
The biggest question left to be answered is where will the homeless individuals who depend on the shelter go once displaced?
“We feel good that we have more than enough spaces to house individuals who want to be housed,” said Mayor Kasim Reed.
It’s unknown what plans the city has for the shelter once the doors close. WAOK will have updates on this developing story.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio