Atlanta Police Offer Resources to Displaced Populations – WSB-TV Channel 2

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Atlanta police offer remedies to displaced populations Channel 2’s Larry Spruill joined the officers as they scoured the streets of Atlanta to tell homeless people what resources they had.

ATLANTA — The Atlanta police are offering resources to help people living on the streets. Officers scoured parts of Atlanta to notify those in need of available help.

“I’ve been here, off and on, for five years,” Dwayne said.

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That’s how long “Dwayne” has been living on the streets of Atlanta. He doesn’t want to show his face to the camera, but he said that while he doesn’t want to stand on the street, it’s hard not to.

He recently stayed in a homeless shelter but had to leave. “I had an incident with someone stealing one of my bags. He tried to steal one of my cell phones, so I was protecting my property,” Dwayne said.

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Now he’s back, but he said it won’t be for long. “Yes sir, I definitely want to get off. That’s why I’m trying to get as much help as possible,” Dwayne said.

This help comes from the Atlanta police. “A lot of my time is spent at encampments, trying to connect campers to resources to get them off the streets,” said Jamie Wallace, an Atlanta Police Quality of Life Officer.

Channel 2’s Larry Spruill followed Officer Jamie Wallace through downtown Atlanta. Wallace spoke to several people about available resources, such as shelters across town. “I know what we have are shelter beds: the Atlanta Union Mission, Red Shield, places where they have shelters.”

Commenting on the mental health care provided at these shelters, Wallace said: “They offer a holistic approach. They can not only get beds, but also a social worker to assess them and see what their needs are.

Meanwhile, Channel 2 saw with its own eyes that people were simply refusing the resources. “It’s disheartening, because I wouldn’t want my family to live like this,” Constable Wallace said.

Dwayne said that at the end of the day, a lot of people on the street aren’t ready. “You have to want it, because if you don’t, what’s the point of going?”

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