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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

U. of Georgia Pays $7.9M for Homeless Accommodation

  • April 3, 2011
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After the University of Georgia accepted control Thursday of the former Navy Supply Corps School Athens site, the university was due to pay $7.9 million to a coalition of local nonprofit groups to build housing and provide services for the homeless elsewhere in Athens.

Several groups serving the homeless had requested space at the 58-acre Navy property, but because the university wanted the entire parcel for its new Health Sciences Campus, the Navy School Local Redevelopment Authority reached an agreement allowing the university to obtain the base from the Navy for free and write a check to the coalition, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

The five-group partnership will use the funds to build a “one-stop shop,” providing medical and dental care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, job training, and a place to sleep and bathe, according to the article.

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