An expanded temporary housing facility meant to serve Atlanta’s most vulnerable populations is expected to be underway soon just north of Centennial Olympic Park.

A Salvation Army capital campaign, HOPE with Dignity, has been raising funding to expand the organization’s Red Shield Services homeless shelter at 400 Luckie Street into a more comprehensive, modernized Center of Hope campus.

Renderings indicate the Center of Hope will stand a half-dozen stories where Luckie Street meets Mills Street, about a block from the Georgia Aquarium.

The 400 Luckie Street location just north of Centennial Olympic Park. Google Maps

Invest Atlanta’s board recently approved a $2 million Westside Tax Allocation District Ascension Fund Grant expected to help the project get off the ground.

The new building will double the size of the Salvation Army’s current 45,875-square-foot facility downtown. It will house the organization’s emergency and transitional living shelter facility, boosting the number of beds from 321 today to 437, according to Invest Atlanta.

Plans call for two floors of dormitory-style housing for male residents, and another two floors of individualized living spaces.

The Salvation Army's facility at the corner of Luckie and Mills streets today. Google Maps

Six-story facade plans where Luckie Street meets Mills Street downtown. Salvation Army/HOPE with Dignity; via Invest Atlanta

Another component will be a Salvation Army Education and Workforce Development Center with a computer lab and six classrooms, plus study and collaboration areas.

That center will offer services to residents such as housing solutions, financial education, emergency assistance programs, and other specialized programs designed to support veteran services.

According to Invest Atlanta, construction on the new Center of Hope campus is scheduled to kick off in early 2024.


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