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County Seat Earmarks $5-million to partnership, supports solutions for homelessness.
Lawrenceville Mayor and Council announced the City’s commitment to HomeFirst Gwinnett, a partnership between the United Way, Gwinnett County, The Primerica Foundation and other public and private organizations designed to create more effective and efficient housing options for those in need. City officials have earmarked $5 million over several years to support a future plan for regional solutions to combat homelessness. Lawrenceville’s decision to join this initiative comes on the heels of Council’s approval for a $4 million project that will afford existing Housing Authority residents upgraded units in a well-designed community along Constitution Boulevard.
“Lawrenceville is committed to providing housing options that will meet the needs of various socio-economic backgrounds, including those who need our assistance,” said Keith Roche, Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Lawrenceville. “We challenge all of Gwinnett’s cities to join HomeFirst at some level and help us collaborate for an overall improved region and stronger Gwinnett moving forward.”
Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash added, “We commend the city of Lawrenceville and all of our partners who are joining us in trying to address the hidden problem of homelessness in Gwinnett,” said County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “Most people are unaware of the scope and nature of homelessness in the County, especially among children who are attempting to attend school and learn. With the private sector, United Way and our cities, we are funding the HomeFirst Initiative to create a system that is better coordinated, strategic and does the most with each dollar.”
Pat McDonough, Chairman of the HomeFirst Initiative, shared, “To effectively correct a societal issue like homelessness, a strategic and combined effort between public and private entities must be created and diligently executed. HomeFirst is the County’s answer to this approach and we look forward to working with Lawrenceville as well as many other cities in Gwinnett to make a long-term positive, impact in this area.”
HomeFirst’s goal is to open the first assessment center in Norcross by June with a second center opening at a location yet to be determined by the end of 2019.