Two Fulton Homeless Shelters To Close

Fulton County is closing down two large homeless facilities at the end of the summer – the 150-bed Jefferson Place in west Atlanta and Springdale Place in south Atlanta, which provides housing for homeless mothers and children.

Fulton chair John Eaves said the county couldn’t afford the $1.8 million required to staff the facilities. 

“Back in January we had to make some cuts in many areas and this is one of the areas that was cut,” said Eaves.

He also blamed it on last year’s breakdown of the decade-old Tri-Jurisdictional (Tri-J) Collaborative on homelessness between Fulton, DeKalb County and the city of Atlanta.

Eaves says Fulton and Atlanta must now focus on their own jurisdictions. Both facilities are in Atlanta.

“The net funding now between the jurisdictions is less than what we got collectively. I don’t think that was a good idea but the decision has been made and our jurisdictional boundaries have shifted and we’re going to do the best we can in terms of where we’ll be working,” said Eaves.

A spokeswoman for Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said the city is looking into staffing options for the facilities.