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Imagine... a movement inspired by the arts to open the eyes of Americans to the plight of their own people. Imagine, through art, music and poetry, we are shining a much needed light on our own crisis: HOMELESSNESS

Art4TheHomeless was once a blog called Colors of Ink with Blogcharm, which closed down. Nutang, became the new home of Colors of Ink and was renamed Art4TheHomeless, by a really good friend, Samantha Medd. She is now the Co-Founder of Art4TH.

Now Art4TH is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization that unites artists of all venues to promote homeless awareness in the US.

Art4TH does this through the Art4TH Webzine, a monthly online magazine that features a musician whose music plays throughout the website, a feature artist, and a feature writer while also featuring a homeless relief organization. All artists featured retain their copyrights and all of it is free. If you would like to be a featured artist, musician, or writer contact me at johnnacrider@att.net

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Helping the homeless or helping the drug dealers??? Is Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless Closing down?
Tuesday. 9.15.09 3:33 pm
I live in the Savannah Suites~a hotel like apartment complex~and we are right next to the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. We are also in the middle of a war zone. There have been shootings, fights, police raids, drugs being sold, and much more.

The residents of the nearby condos always complain about the shelter and each year around this time there is a rumor about the shelter closing down~but it never does. Just recently, the shelter has sued the City of Atlanta for cutting off their water.

Around 700 people get help from the shelter on any given night~the majority from what I see are the mentally ill who are too sick to reachout and get help and due to our laws, we can't force them to get help, and drug dealers who live on the streets and are constantly dealing drugs.

Each night, they provide a place for the homeless to stay off the streets. I have walked by there several times and the stench is not nice. It's germy and nasty but not because the shelter doesn't clean~I am sure they do~its because some of the homeless don't bathe. There are several gay prostitutes in the area and even though they are polite to my mother and I, they don't need to be in close proximity to the shelter. The shelter is getting bad rep around Atlanta b/c of all the drug activity, shootings, crime and prostitution.

There are more who are helped, though. My mother was helped. I was helped. I have seen new faces there~new meaning that I haven't seen them before. The Task Force has numerous resources where all you have to do is be willing to use them.

I have an idea, but not yet the money to make it happen. The idea is to work with city police and install state of the art surveilance around the block and our area. We need a system where someone is monitering the area 24/7 for drug activity, prostitution, etc., When we see on the moniter a crime being committed, the least punishement for them will be banishment from the shelter and the area. Of course the maximum would be jailtime.

There is just a couple of problems with that last one~the police let out the drug addicts who attack people and 911 doesn't even send the police out here anymore~at least they didn't when I called a couple of weeks ago. Also, the City of Atlanta (and this may be just my opinion but I am not the only that holds this) wants the shelter to close down because it is on Peachtree Street and doesn't want the homeless to be seen on the main street of Atlanta~it makes the City look bad

Personally, I think the shelter is performing a great service to the City of Atlanta and should be rewarded with the help, friendship, and support instead of being harassed, ignored, and discriminated against because of helping the homeless. We should work together instead of going to war with one another.

The people who run the shelter aren't perfect~but no one is. At least we have the option of going there for help if we ever need it. They help the drug dealers b/c they are people too and need the help~only we need to have proof that they are doing what I see some of them doing.


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