ATLANTA (CBS46) - May 1, 2014
Hosea Feed the Hungry members delivered a letter Thursday to John Eaves, Commission Chairman for the Fulton County Commission, with a strong message. Find a way to keep the county's homeless shelters open.
Springdale Place, a homeless shelter for women and children, is slated to close this fall. Jefferson Place, a shelter for men, will see large funding cuts.
Eaves said its due to a shrinking general fund budget and changes to the way federal dollars are allocated.
"It's not about a budget; it's about human beings," argued Elisabeth Omilami, with Hosea Feed the Hungry, at a Thursday morning press conference.
"Women in my place will have nowhere to go," added Laadenata Allen, who has lived at Springdale with her daughter, 1, and little sister, 13, for nearly a year.
Combined, the cuts will eliminate 300 emergency beds at the two shelters.
Eaves told CBS46 commissioners don't want to make the cuts and plan on discussing alternatives at next week's meeting. "Funding is limited, but can we come up with some type of alternative action where, through a partnership with the private community, we can still have service provided to those facilities?"
In the meantime, a county spokesman said they're working with shelter residents to find new places for them and are not accepting new clients.
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Founder of Project Eleven26, Lakeshia Williams, advocated along side Human Rights Activists Ofemo & Elisabeth Omilami of Hosea Feed The Hungry to find a way to keep Fulton County's homeless shelters open.