In accordance with a June 2017 legal settlement with Central Atlanta Progress (CAP)/Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, the Task Force will vacate the Peachtree-Pine building and relocate current residents to other suitable facilities, while searching for a new headquarters. Through this transition and after, the Task Force will continue its advocacy for the rights of Atlanta’s homeless men, women and children, supporting its two-fold mission of providing direct services and advocating for policies and programs that address the social and economic platform on which homelessness stands. The Task Force combats four key issues contributing to homelessness – the lack of affordable housing, the shortage of living-wage jobs, the criminalization of poverty, and the inadequacy of the current health care system.
“No Justice. No Peace.” Throughout its history, the Task Force’s stellar leadership, forging crucial and ongoing partnerships with other organizations, corporations and the faith community, has been key to the agency’s success. Anita Beaty served as executive director for more than 30 years, and the visual artist also created an art gallery at the shelter where the homeless could paint, display and sell their craft, showcasing some real artistic talent among the residents. Upon her retirement in August 2017, Carl Hartrampf assumed the role of executive director, and Joe Beasley continues his advocacy as a Task Force board member, helping to guide policy decisions.
Together, they will continue to educate government, business and non-profit leaders that homelessness is not an individual’s choice: homelessness is what occurs when your options have run out, when the myriad social-economic dynamics that would normally propel you up and out instead converge to compromise and defeat you. Despair, depression, desperation are all real, valid human conditions, and are magnified by embarrassment and isolation.
In this great, wealthy country of ours, why should any man, woman or child be homeless? The work continues…
“No Justice. No Peace.”