Athens approves site for government-sanctioned homeless camp
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Local leaders in Athens have decided on a site for a government-sanctioned homeless camp.
The Athens-Clarke County Commission on Tuesday voted to approve the North Athens School as the spot for the encampment. The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the vote was tied – with five commissioners for it and five against. Mayor Kelly Girtz voted yes to break the tie.
Public comments at Tuesday’s meeting were mostly in opposition to the site, with only a few speakers in favor of it. The newspaper reports that the general concerns focused on trash and waste, and concerns that it will attract more homeless people to Athens. Commissioners will now accept proposals from potential third-party operators for the encampment.