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Through the collaborative efforts of the author, staff members, community leaders, community members, the artists and individuals currently experiencing homelessness at the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, an arts based program was formed. As part of the degree requirements for the Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program at Georgia College & State University the author of this paper discusses the current literature, statistics on homelessness, the benefits of art, and implementation of an artist studio and gallery program that supports individuals experiencing homelessness. Using interviews, community resources, program strategies, and a humanistic philosophy the author discusses the contributions and benefits of arts based programs to individuals and the communities in which they live. The development of this thesis project has resulted in an arts based program that has been approved and implemented in Atlanta, Georgia.