Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport seeks OK for contract to move homeless from terminal
An airport in Georgia is seeking approval for a contract to relocate homeless people who camp overnight in the airport's domestic terminal.
ATLANTA (AP) - An airport in Georgia is seeking approval for a contract to relocate homeless people who camp overnight in the airport's domestic terminal.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is seeking Atlanta City Council approval for the $189,000, one-year contract with HOPE Atlanta.
HOPE Atlanta has had an office in the airport's domestic terminal for decades and used to focus on helping stranded travelers. HOPE Atlanta spokeswoman Beth Haynes says it now focuses on helping "unsheltered people" get back on their feet.
The interim chief procurement officer of Atlanta, Susan Garrett, says the airport has seen a marked increase in homeless people taking refuge in the terminal, especially during cold weather. Officials say the contract will expand the HOPE Atlanta office's hours and formalize its work at the airport.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
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