Homeless Shelter Housing Hundreds Each Night & Facing Foreclosure Files Civil Rights Suit Against City Of Atlanta, Two Civic Groups
In Atlanta, Georgia, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports:
- Leaders of an Atlanta homeless shelter fighting foreclosure announced during a Thursday rally they filed a complaint against the city and two civic groups, accusing them of violating their clients' civil rights. Civil rights advocates, residents and other supporters joined hands and surrounded the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless Peachtree-Pine shelter, vowing to keep the center open.
- "We have to save this building," Anita Beaty, the task force's executive director, said during the protest. "This building is our emergency respite and home." The complaint, filed May 6, accuses the city of discriminatory practices that violate federal fair housing rules. It asks the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to withhold about $20 million in federal housing and community development funds. Peachtree-Pine houses hundreds of people each night.