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Fulton County Chairman Robb Pitts will announce a partnership with the Indo-American community on Monday, January 14, 2019 to help the homeless stay warm through the winter. The partnership brings together the Fulton County Department of Community Development, Dr. Charan Shikh, Rina Gupta  of 27th Investments, Manoj Barot  of Narayan Seva Sansthan, and Paul Patel and Alex Patel of the World Peace Center with the mission to distribute 5,000 blankets to homeless individuals and families. A press conference will be held on Monday, January 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nicholas House, located at 830 Boulevard, SE, Atlanta, GA 30312.

“When my office was contacted by Dr. Charan Shikh about the donation of blankets, I immediately thought it would be an excellent opportunity for public and private entities to partner to help the less fortunate,” stated Chairman Robb L. Pitts. “The county and its community partners are poised to help those in need and will continue to have a direct impact on the lives of our most vulnerable population.”

According to the Atlanta Mission, there are up to  7,000 homeless people  in our community. While many of them find shelter most nights, as many as 2,000 are considered “unsheltered.”

“We wanted to give back to the community,” states Dr. Charan Shikh of the Indo-American Community. “After much discussion, our organizations concluded that providing blankets would provide long term assistance for people faced with the harsh realities of life.”

Blankets will be distributed through the Department of Community Development’s homeless partners and during the annual Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count.

The Homeless PITC is an annual one night count of homeless individuals that takes place in Fulton County’s jurisdiction that is outside of the city of Atlanta. The count is one of the most important tools to understand the nature and condition of the homeless population. It is also crucial for tracking the success of local efforts to end homelessness and assist with future planning to address the homeless. This year’s count will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019.  

“We are thankful for our donors’ generosity and pleased that 5,000 homeless individuals will have the joy and comfort of a warm blanket,” states Chairman Pitts.


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