In late 2021, ARCHI, in partnership with Global Dialogues, Partners for Home, Partnership for Southern Equity, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, collected stories of residents’ experiences in Clayton, DeKalb, and Fulton counties. A common thread among the storytellers was a past or present experience of homelessness. By listening to these experiences, ARCHI and its partners hoped to gain a deeper understanding of the context of homelessness in metro Atlanta and elevate the valued expertise of those with lived experience. Storytellers were asked to look back on their personal experiences and look ahead to their hopes and dreams. Storytellers were also asked to identify assets, challenges, and possible solutions to support them and those in their communities to live healthy, safe, stable, and happy lives.
ARCHI would like to thank Ujima Way, Gateway, Intown Collaborative Ministries, and COR for connecting us to storytellers and the storytellers for trusting us to elevate their voices.