Despite years of legal battles to keep it the open, the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta will close before the end of 2017.
The shelter was set to shutter its doors on Aug. 28, when the property ownership transfers to the non-profit Central Atlanta Progress.
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But it was recently announced that the shelter will begin a 45-60 day “transition process” to accommodate the 200 people living at the shelter, according to Channel 2 Action News.
It’s a shelter that’s had its fair share of controversy, having been connected to deadly shootings and several tuberculosis outbreaks. Earlier this year, Central Atlanta Progress purchased the shelter and plans to work with the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless to help residents.
But before the shelter shuts down, it will host an art exhibit showcasing portraits of and art pieces by former and current residents. The exhibit will be held in the shelter’s gallery space at 477 Peachtree Street NE on Aug. 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The AJC sat down with former and current residents of the shelter to document their stories and share how their lives were shaped by the Pine.
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