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Thursday, October 3 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Placemaking for Social Inclusion: Addressing Homelessness, Mental Health and Addiction in Public Space

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Many communities today struggle with building public places that are welcoming and open to all. Often spaces are dominated by underserved groups such as individuals experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental illness, and public space managers seek ways to dilute their presence, while municipalities spend millions on ineffective outreach and services for vulnerable populations. What if we can transform public space into the nexus where people in need and the programs that are meant to serve them come together? This panel offers an unusual mix of discipline diversity, including an urban planner working in public space and a psychiatric social worker working with vulnerable populations. We also provide a range of perspectives from academic to professional practice. Our panel content directly addresses issues of inclusion and representation in public spaces, and will offer experiences from a variety of places.

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Ansley Whipple

Woodruff Park Project Manager, Atlanta Downtown Improvement District

Elliott Madison

Program Director, Fountain House

Janika Robinson

Case Manager, Hope Atlanta/ Woodruff Park
How to incorporate social work into Public spaces such as Parks. I can explain how my program in Woodruff Park has made a difference in the City of Atlanta.
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Elena Madison

Vice President, Project for Public Spaces, Inc.
Elena Madison is a vice president at PPS, an urban planner with rich experience in the planning and design of parks, plazas, campuses, civic and cultural spaces. A veteran of placemaking, Elena has a passion for working with people in communities to create the public spaces they love... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm EDT
The Edney, Floor Five, Community Space