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Petitioning Atlanta City Council Member Felicia Moore

Tell the Atlanta City Council to Give Homeless Residents a Chance at a Job

Those who are homeless often have trouble finding a job because they lack an address and phone number, have long periods of unemployment, have a criminal record, or lack transportation to and from work. Some 7,000 residents of the Atlanta Metro region are homeless. First Step Staffing, and other programs like Boston's Work First, focus on putting the formerly homeless on a path to financial independence.

Earlier this week Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall asked his colleagues to consider hiring homeless workers from First Step Staffing or other similar programs for vacant staff positions. Given that unemployment is often the reason for homelessness–according to the Georgia Department of Labor, roughly 10.3 percent of  those in the Atlanta region were unemployed in August 2010–it makes little sense in the long-term to house someone with no means to become self-sufficient.

Putting homeless residents to work saves valuable public dollars, bolsters their self-worth and reduces the likelihood of chronic homelessness. Tell the Atlanta City Council to give homeless residents a chance at a job.

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  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Felicia Moore
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Joyce M. Sheperd
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Keisha Bottoms
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Natalyn M. Archibong
  • Atlanta City Council President
    Ceasar C. Mitchell
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Yolanda Adrean
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Ivory Lee Young
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Carla Smith
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    H. Lamar Willis
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Michael Julian Bond
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Howard Shook
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Alex Wan
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    C.T. Martin
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Cleta Winslow
  • Atlanta City Council Member
    Aaron Watson


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