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Veteran Larry Mainor, 48, looks around the outside of a restaurant where he used to sleep at night during the 30 years he was homeless. Atlanta’s “Unsheltered No More” initiative is currently working to place homeless veterans and the chronically homeless, like Mainor, into permanent housing. The city is on track to end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2015. Photo by Jamie Henry-White/AP.

Veteran Larry Mainor, 48, looks around the outside of a restaurant where he used to sleep at night during the 30 years he was homeless. Atlanta’s “Unsheltered No More” initiative is currently working to place homeless veterans and the chronically homeless, like Mainor, into permanent housing. The city is on track to end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2015. Photo by Jamie Henry-White/AP.

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Atlanta Logs Dramatic Turnaround in Homelessness

After Larry Mainor left the armed forces, he spent years getting high on crack and sleeping in cars, under bridges, behind restaurants and even in the woods.