Tablets donated for Atlanta homeless survey

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ATLANTA -- Efforts for the Atlanta Street Homeless Registry have received a boost with a donation of 20 computer tablets by Staples, Inc.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said this week the tablets will allow outreach workers to more effectively capture information from the homeless as part of the registry which was launched in January.

That month, volunteers and professional outreach workers conducted more than 630 surveys with people sleeping outdoors and in emergency shelters in Atlanta. Information collected in the city's first homeless registry includes names, health challenges and barriers to maintaining permanent housing.

The effort is funded with a $3.3 million grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Under an initiative called "Unsheltered No More," Reed and various community partners have set a goal of connecting 800 people to permanent housing by December.

(Associated Press)

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