Cities across the U.S. are trying to help the homeless find beds of their own, rather than a cot for the night. In theory, no one should stay in a shelter very long.
Atlanta is putting this theory to a hard, real-world test by closing its last shelter of last resort.
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For decades, as many as 1,000 people with nowhere else to turn could come off the street at Peachtree and Pine, no questions asked.
But years of litigation wore down the shelter's operators.