Helping The Homeless in Georgia

According to a study released last year by the University of Chicago, more than 4 million youth in America face homelessness every year. As part of Women’s History Month, women from all over America were in Atlanta last week for a “sleep-out” at Covenant House Georgia, an area shelter.

They took to the streets with cardboard boxes and sleeping bags to raise awareness about youth homelessness. On Second Thought’s LaRaven Taylor rode with the organization and brought back an audio postcard.

Homeless people are repeatedly arrested for public urination. Others have mental health issues that land them in prison. There’s a two-year pilot program underway in Fulton County to counter these arrests. The initiative is modeled off of programs in other cities. We talked with Moki Macías, executive director for Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion Intiative and Brian McGregor of the Morehouse School of Medicine.