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Atlanta homeless shelter faces possible eviction

ATLANTA (AP) - Authorities say a downtown Atlanta homeless shelter under threat of eviction has until the end of the month to pay more than $200,000 in overdue water bills to the city.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless has faced the possibility of eviction before. It's located in a sprawling former auto parts warehouse on Peachtree and Pine streets near downtown.

Last month, a federal judge ruled that the city has sovereign immunity protecting it from any legal action by the task force, paving the way for the Oct. 31 deadline.

Shelter Director Anita Beaty said the hundreds of homeless people who stay at the shelter aren't going anywhere.

She said "we will occupy this facility if we have to."

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