The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Freemont Grace Human Services obtained approval from the city's zoning department to refurbish an existing building and convert it into a shelter.
The nonprofit says the shelter could house up to 50 unaccompanied immigrant children in custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A spokeswoman for the federal agency says a program to establish such a center is accepting applicants now. Grace is seeking a federal grant to renovate and staff the building on Powers Ferry Road.
The proposal comes as a surge of children - many of them from Central America - have crossed into the United States along the southern border.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com
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