Atlanta City Council Approves Federal Funds for More than 100 Local Nonprofit Agencies, $26 Million in Homeless Opportunity Bond Funding, and More
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July 18, 2017
Atlanta City Council Approves Federal Funds for More than 100 LocalNonprofit Agencies, $26 Million in Homeless Opportunity Bond Funding, and More
ATLANTA – More than 100 local nonprofit community agencies and projects will get a financial boost after the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a resolution enabling them to receive a portion of $31.8 million in federal funding assistance.
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers annual grants for the benefit of housing and community development that align and focus on local needs and priorities.
The grants include: the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Home Investment Partnership program (HOME), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program.
This year, the City of Atlanta will receive $6,613,822 in CDBG funding, $603,531 in ESG funding, $1,525,065 in HOME funding, and $23,085,738 in HOPWA funding. In order to receive federal funding, the City of Atlanta is required to include qualifying agencies in its Annual Action Plan, which emphasizes the overriding principle of benefit to low- and moderate-income persons and households. The plan is submitted to HUD annually.
Also during Monday’s regularly scheduled meeting, the Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance to enter into an intergovernmental contract with Invest Atlanta to secure a $26 million Homeless Opportunity Bond. The bond will be used to finance projects, primarily in housing, with the goal of making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring in the city of Atlanta.
The bond will be matched by a $25 million philanthropic donation from the United Way of Greater Atlanta and will leverage $66 million in public resources for a total investment of more than $115 million. The funds will be targeted towards new emergency shelter beds, housing for homeless youths and families, permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals, and a homeless prevention program for families.
In other news, the city council:
- Awarded a $500,000 grant to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center) and a $450,000 grant to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The King Center has been a global destination, resource center and community institution for over a quarter century, with nearly a million people each year visiting the National Historic Site to learn, be inspired and pay their respects to Dr. King’s legacy of nonviolent social change. Founded in 1976, the Atlanta Botanical Garden Inc. is a non-profit organization that operates one of the Southeast’s largest botanical garden and arboretum on 30 acres of land adjacent to Piedmont Park.
- Extended by 60 days a moratorium on new construction of self-storage facilities, secured-storage facilities or mixed-use storage facilities within the Beltline Zoning Overlay District boundaries.
- Authorized the acceptance of $4.8 million from the Federal Transit Administration for pedestrian and multimodal access improvements for the following corridors: Campbellton Road, Cleveland Avenue and Boulevard. Funds will also be used for the Lee Street Trail and the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Complete Street retrofit.
- Authorized the immediate expenditure of $72,500 for additional Fulton County animal control services personnel, equipment and training to increase animal control services within the city. Fulton County contracts with LifeLine to perform animal control services. The City of Atlanta currently has an agreement with Fulton County under which the City has agreed to pay approximately $2 million annually for animal control services. The funding will allow for two full-time additional officers to patrol Atlanta areas, including school bus stops. The City of Atlanta has also reserved an additional $62,500 for enhanced animal control services for the first six months of calendar year 2018. Starting in August, animal control operating hours will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. to accommodate school schedules. Currently, operating hours are from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.