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A near riot took place in Atlanta after city officials staged an event to hand out applications for section 8 housing.

Police estimate that 30,000 people showed up at an East Point shopping mall in hopes of being placed on a waiting list for federal housing assistance.

The number was three times what officials expected and only 13,000 applications were handed out to those waiting.

11Alive reports that a line for the applications began two days ago and grew into hundreds of people late Tuesday night.
Officials report that some hopeful residents slept outside of the shopping mall that houses popular nightclub Central Station despite being told that the line was unnecessary and everyone would be serviced.

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