Living Room, which primarily offers emergency housing for those with HIV and AIDS, will open a shelter specifically for 18- to 25-year-olds. In a statement, the group said earlier winter weather and the influx of visitors due to the Super Bowl made it more urgent to have a space. The shelter opened Jan. 20, and will be open through Monday.
McKelvey said he wanted to ensure there was somewhere for people to go through Super Bowl weekend. Homeless advocates have expressed concern that with a large police presence, homeless people would be arrested for low-level crimes to get them off the street.
Through Friday, the warming center had served 214 people, the organization said.
“The ongoing success of this warming shelter is indicative of both the need for spaces like this to exist and the desire of the community to make it a reality,” community advocate Alvin Huntspon said in a statement.
The shelter is open from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. and is located in Candler Park in Atlanta. To refer someone to the center, call 404-823-3157. To volunteer, call 770-680-1556.
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