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Earlier this month, the candidates in Atlanta’s mayoral race discussed a major issue the next mayor will have to address: housing.

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The event — held Sept. 6 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church — was sponsored by the City for All Housing Coalition and the Transformation Alliance.  The event was live-streamed, and the audio of the candidates used in this report came from that live stream.

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

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With the closing of Peachtree-Pine, Atlanta will lose one of its largest homeless shelters. And it will put the city in line with a national trend.

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Across the country, localities are rethinking policies that have led to concentrations of people who are homeless.

Those policies generally were based on nimbyism, according to Mary Cunningham, co-director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute.

Man Accused In I-85 Overpass Fire Pleads Not Guilty

Apr 18, 2017
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Basil Eleby, the homeless man accused of starting the March 30 fire that caused the I-85 overpass to collapse, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Fulton County Court. 

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Eleby was charged with arson and criminal damage to property. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville ordered Eleby's release on a $10,000 signature bond. Eleby will soon move to Michael & Michael Counseling and Consulting LLC, a substance abuse treatment facility.

Ending veteran homelessness is a federal designation cities or states can earn. Cathryn Marchman, executive director of Partners for H.O.M.E., said the city will soon be applying.
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The city of Atlanta has long set a goal to end veteran homelessness. Now, the city said it’s close to achieving it.

Ending veteran homelessness is a federal designation cities or states can earn. Cathryn Marchman, executive director of Partners for H.O.M.E., said the city will soon be applying.

To get the status, the city has to meet a number of benchmarks, which include identifying homeless veterans and showing that Atlanta has the capacity to place them in housing.

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