Crisis Response Resource Information

NPU V community groups,

We have revised our community event sponsorship fund (up to $400) to simplify it and allow its use for providing emergency supplies and other crisis related activities that are not typical events in the community.  Please see attached.

Also, I came across the funding opportunity down below which is due on 4/4.  And Georgia Center for Nonprofits is keeping a great list:

LISC and Verizon are partnering to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses and non-profits facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities who don’t have access to flexible, affordable capital. The grant can be used for paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, and other immediate operational costs.

The first round of grant applications is due on Saturday, April 4th. I understand this is very short notice. However, the application is short, collecting background information on the organization and its needs. There will be another round.


Please share this application with the groups you support and others in your network.

Thank you.


Amit Khanduri
Program Officer | LISC Atlanta
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
E: | C: 470-280-1284

Department of Watershed Management Updates

Good afternoon NPU Leadership and DWM NPU Ambassadors!

I hope that this email finds you well and safe from harm. It has been quite an interesting past couple of weeks and the adjustment, I know we all can agree, have been challenging. In that regard, I am sending you this information via email as our way of communicating with you during this time of social distancing and sheltering in place. Please feel free to share this information with the members and residents of your NPU as you deem appropriate.

Realizing that some of you have opted for an alternate way to conduct your NPU affairs, please be assured that we are still available to you for any questions or services that you may need. I have been given the most recent information on the status of the April NPU schedule and would like to offer DWM representation at your request.

Lisa Baker
City of Atlanta | DWM | Community and Education Outreach Manager

NPU-V Healing Circle on April 8

Subject: NPU-V Healing Circle 4

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Topic: NPU-V Healing Circle 4
Time: Apr 8, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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MARTA Service Changes 3/30 – Info and Resources

Good afternoon NPU leaders,

I wanted to make sure that you have seen the announcement that MARTA is making service changes starting on Monday and provide information for communicating with your neighbors.

Flyer/social media: attached
News Release: below my signature

Please let me know if you have questions or need additional information.

Jon McKenley
Project Manager | Office of Stakeholder & Public Engagement
Department of External Affairs



ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) is making operational adjustments beginning Thursday, March 26, to protect the health and wellness of employees as they continue providing essential transit service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, MARTA is making service plan changes to bus and rail operations beginning Monday, March 30, to address the dramatic ridership and revenue decline seen in the wake of this national health crisis.

“MARTA stands by our role as a provider of essential infrastructure. Our frontline employees are everyday heroes who drive buses, run trains, protect our customers, and clean vehicles and stations. I applaud the fortitude and resilience they show every day by coming to work despite the anxiety and uncertainty that has become the new normal,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “While additional operational changes may be forthcoming, we are implementing the following changes to current operations to better protect our staff.”

Beginning tomorrow, bus customers will enter and exit using the rear doors only, except for customers who require the accessibility ramp. Also, because our Breeze farebox is located at the front door, MARTA is suspending fare collection on buses. For customers transferring to and from the rail system, fares will be paid at the rail stations. MARTA is closing public restrooms at low-utilization rail stations beginning tomorrow. Public restrooms will remain open at College Park, Doraville, Five Points, H.E. Holmes, Indian Creek, Lindbergh, and North Springs rail stations.

Beginning Monday, March 30, MARTA will reduce bus service by approximately 30 percent. All bus routes will continue to operate, but with fewer buses on each route. The exception is on routes with the heaviest ridership; 15, 39, 5, 121, 196, 73, 110, 78, 83, and 89, which will have buses added to help with social distancing. This adjusted plan most closely mirrors MARTA’s inclement weather plan and prioritizes service along major arterial routes and to medical facilities. The plan also allows for weekday level bus service to essential businesses.

Rail service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning Monday, March 30, except for start time which will remain the regular weekday start time to complement bus service. Also, all Red and Gold Line trains will go to the airport, and Green Line trains will turn back at King Memorial. Due to extremely low ridership, MARTA is closing Mercedes-Benz/State Farm Arena/GWCC rail station. Trains will not stop at this rail station beginning Monday. MARTA will perform deep cleaning, repair work, painting, and other small projects at the rail station during this temporary closure. Additionally, the streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule beginning Monday, March 30.

Updated bus and rail service information will be available on, MARTA’s On The Go app, @MARTASERVICE on Twitter, @MARTAtransit on Facebook, digital boards throughout the system, and communicated through announcements on buses, trains, and at rail stations. Call our Customer Care Center at 404-848-5000 if you have any concerns.


Virus Emergency / Event Sponsorships


We are trying to get approval to revise and simplify the attached event sponsorships form for the crisis, but until we do, please let others in the community know they can go ahead and use it as is for “events” related to providing emergency relief.   They will need to create a simple flyer about the food distribution or whatever the activity is with a date or dates for the occurrence.  And still provide the other documents and information on the form.

If we are able to get the process simplified, we will let you know.


2020 Event Sponsorship Request Form

Updates to MARTA’s Service

Hello NPU X Resident!

Please find attached a letter from MARTA detailing updates/changes to its service as it continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective today (March 26, 2020), MARTA asks all bus system riders to please enter and exit using the rear doors only (with exceptions for those who require the use of the front door’s accessibility ramp). MARTA will also be suspending on-bus fare collections (in an effort to protect their drivers and ensure as much social distancing as possible).

Beginning next Monday, March 30th, MARTA rail will begin running on a weekend schedule (however, start times will remain the same). In addition, also starting March 30, MARTA will reduce bus service by approximately 30%, system-wide. All bus routes will continue operation, but with fewer buses on each route (with the exception of routes 15, 39, 5, 121, 196, 73, 110, 78, 83, and 89 – which will actually run additional buses, in an effort to keep riders as far apart as possible).

Additional information is in the attached letter.

Stay safe out there, mind your health, as well as the health of others – and don’t forget to wash your hands frequently and to practice social distancing! Help bend the curve!


Zach A.
NPU X Chair

Marta COVID response

Homestead Exemption

Columbus, Nick, & Zac,

As 3 heads of the NPUs I wanted to share that I reached out to Fulton County about the deadline for Homestead Exemption. All of you have new homeowners and others who either aren’t aware of this benefit or haven’t taken advantage of it.

The response from Commissioner Marvin Arrington’s office is: The deadline to apply is STILL April 1. That has not changed. As long as the application, ID, and vehicle registration (if applicable) are postmarked or in the office by April 1 neighbors will be eligible for the exemption and any supporting documention (like the form from the doctor for disabled homeowners) will be accepted later.

Please share with your networks.


JLawrence Miller, PhD
President, Adair Park Today

April 13, 2020 NPU-V Meeting , We Will Suspend This Meeting

To: All NPU-V  Neighborhood Associations, Residents,  Stakeholder , presenters, and Applicants for ZRB, BZA, LRB

Please note that NPU-V will not have an April meeting because of the COVID-19 and all City of Atlanta’s boards, commissions and similar bodies are postponed indefinitely effective March 23, 2020 ,As of now,  none of those board are meeting April . So if you was on our April Agenda , all of those items should be deferred to be on our May 11, 2020 meeting, location TBD.

Hope All is well and Safe

Columbus Ward
Chair , NPU-V

APS Food Distribution Update

Atlanta Public Schools officials will begin distribution of groceries for families in need. APS in cooperation with the Atlanta Community Food Bank is providing the free groceries at 10 school sites and will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Monday through Friday.

One bag of groceries will be distributed at the following locations:

  • Ralph Bunche Middle School | 1925 Niskey Lake Road
  • Cleveland Avenue Elementary School | 2672 Old Hapeville Road
  • Frederick Douglas High School | 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive
  • Phoenix Academy | 256 Clifton Street
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School | 1461 Sylvan Road
  • Booker T. Washington High School | 45 Whitehouse Drive
  • Hope Hill Elementary School | 112 Boulevard Avenue
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School | 545 Hill Street
  • Thomasville Heights Elementary School | 1820 Henry Thomas Drive
  • Jean Childs Young Middle School | 3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive

Also on Monday, families can pick up one bag of shelf-stable groceries at these four locations:

  • Cleveland Avenue Elementary School
  • Frederick Douglas High School
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Sylvan Hills Middle School

A map of locations can be found here: