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Wells Fargo Bank donates $200,000 to Atlanta to help homeless

The city of Atlanta, Atlanta Housing and Community Partners are developing 550 new permanent supportive housing units for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. AJC file photo
The city of Atlanta, Atlanta Housing and Community Partners are developing 550 new permanent supportive housing units for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. AJC file photo

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday accepted a $200,000 check from Wells Fargo Bank to help provide housing to 140 homeless families.

Bottoms said over the past year the city had invested $1.2 million in “rapid re-housing.” To date, the city and its service providers had found homes for 96 families, Bottoms said.

Rapid re-housing is a recently developed strategy to combat homelessness that emphasizes reducing the amount of time that people spend on the streets and connecting them to community resources.

“This is a tool that provides services and resources to help families achieve independence so that they don’t return to homelessness,” Bottoms said.