Production company helps house activists amid clash over city’s homeless policies
A production company set to shoot a TV show downtown helped put homeless activists up in hotel rooms on Tuesday, after local leaders told them they couldn’t camp in tents along the sidewalk.
Activists with the Atlanta Homeless Union, a new advocacy group demanding more resources for unhoused people, claimed crews with Central Atlanta Progress’s Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) team robbed them of their tents and other belongings.
But that’s not the full picture, according to Tammy Hughes, ADID’s social impact director. On Monday, she said, ADID’s homeless outreach team ASIST and Atlanta police officers “spent three hours offering to help the individuals with shelter placement.”
Story by Sean Keenan and Ben Abrams