DEAR EDITOR:

It’s incredibly disappointing to see the Planning Commission opposing the implementation of one of the nation’s most successful turnaround programs for the chronically homeless. Georgia Works! has graduated more than 600 men from homelessness and helplessness to become independent, productive, working, housed citizens in the city of Atlanta.

Its zero-tolerance approach and its application process ensure that these individuals are desirous of and determined to change their lives and situations, and its track record is impeccable. Even better, the program has done all this without taxpayer dollars.

Just last month, the Georgia Works! founder, Bill McGahan, was honored in the Congressional Record by Georgia Congressman Doug Collins.

I urge the proposed facility’s neighbors and the county commission to discuss their concerns with the program leadership before rejecting an unprecedented opportunity for a successful and excellent private program to partner with Cobb County and offer this second chance for those who want to be helped out of homelessness.

Benita Dodd

Marietta

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