The Georgia Community Engaged Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (GA CEAL) is conducting an online survey with Black and Latinx residents to better understand the ideas and beliefs around the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines to inform action strategies. Participation in this study will involve an online survey that should take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Participants will be compensated for their time completing the survey. If you or anyone you know is interested in participating and learning if you are eligible, please complete the link below to assess eligibility and complete the survey and shared it with your networks! We value your input. Please feel free to circulate this information to your network.
The meeting will be held on Monday, April 12th, at 7pm via Zoom. Participants will need to register in advance for this meeting via this link:
Meeting ID: 992 1132 0112
If you have questions about the Zoom meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and the NPU-V board Zoom hosts will be able to help.
ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) will restore 58 previously suspended bus routes on Saturday, April 24, after completing the installation of state-of-the-art air filtration and purification systems on all buses and receiving support from the federal government to enforce mask wearing. MARTA suspended 70 of its 110 bus routes on April 20, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was intensifying and the need for maintaining social distance was paramount to reducing the spread of the virus. In the months since, 12 routes have been reinstated as conditions allowed
“We understand the reduction in bus routes created a hardship for many of our customers, and we are appreciative of their patience as we balanced providing a service with protecting public health,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “Public transit by its very nature goes against social distancing and by placing all 540 buses in our fleet on a reduced number of routes a year ago, we were able to provide more room for our customers and hopefully slow the spread of the virus. With the installation of filters that rid the air of harmful pathogens and the new federally mandated mask requirement, we feel we can now safely return to full bus service.”
Over the past few months, MARTA has installed Bipolar Ionization air filters on all buses, in addition to the antimicrobial filters already in place. These newest air-filtering devices eliminate airborne pathogens and deliver clean air every 75 seconds, without producing ozone or other harmful by-products. All buses will continue to be thoroughly disinfected every 24 hours, as well as cleaned mid-service as needed. Protective polycarbonate shields remain around all bus operator cabs and free masks are available on board every bus, either through a mask dispenser located near the front door, or from an operator when dispensers are running low.
“Protecting the health of our customers and the bus operators who have continued to work throughout the pandemic providing an essential service, was our first priority,” said MARTA Deputy General Manager of Operations Collie Greenwood. “It was imperative that every bus was equipped with an advanced air filtering system and that all customers were masked before returning to pre-COVID bus service levels.”
MARTA’s Bus Operations and Planning Department will spend the next few weeks preparing for full route restoration by updating digital and print bus schedules, removing signage from previously closed bus stops, and assigning routes to operators.
For bus route information and videos detailing the restoration of service and COVID-19 protocols visit https://www.itsmarta.com/servicerestoration.aspx. For real-time service alerts follow @MARTAservice on Twitter or download the MARTA On The Go app.
Hi Columbus and Stephanie!
I hope all is treating you well! I am hoping you can share the attached information about our event this Saturday and our project! Especially with anyone you know who lives or has lived in Mechanicsville!
We were awarded a Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund Grant to study gun violence in our community. As a part of that we are hosting Guns Down Mechanicsville – a socially distant community outreach event (see flyer for all of the information!) this Saturday 3/20.
We have a super short survey and a photo map we are hoping to engage residents through located here: www.theurbanadvocate.org/Mechanicsville
If you are interested in having a table, we have spaces available as well. Bring your own table!
I can also bring some flyers by! Just let me know
The Urban Advocate
3126266799, access code, 95096009963#
Hope this finds you and yours safe and healthy! As you may recall from prior communications and our attendance and presentation at your community / neighborhood meeting in 2020, Fulton County and Southface are working on a Resilience Hub (Hub) project to enhance community resilience to social, economic and environmental challenges through outreach and engagement, education, services and program offerings, and implementation of technologies. We are excited to announce the Metropolitan Branch Library in your community has been chosen as a candidate in addition to Louise Watley Library Southeast and Neighborhood Union Health Center to possibly serve as a Hub.
We are reaching out to engage with leaders and members of communities and neighborhoods, organizations, businesses and elected officials about their community’s needs and priorities. The project team and community partners will conduct two community engagement and visioning sessions at each of the three facilities to inform local residents and facility staff about resilient technologies and practices that can be implemented in their homes, businesses, and the Hub, and gather community input on the priorities and needs of a Hub in their community to enhance resiliency.
Your community’s engagement session will take place on Mar. 18 at 6:30pm via Zoom. Registration is required and can be done by accessing this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/
We are requesting your support and participation in the engagement sessions to help make this a success by gathering community input and voice. Grocery gift cards ($10) will be provided to all participants attending at least one session and participants of both sessions will be entered in a raffle to win one of two $50 grocery gift cards. Attached is the flyer outlining the event details of your community’s virtual engagement sessions to share with your community members and neighbors. The project description and social media kit are also attached for reference and distribution
Resilience is certainly a relevant term considering what we are experiencing with the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather events, our definition is the capability to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover stronger from significant threats or stresses, maximizing social, economic, and environmental benefits. In a climate change context, resilience is reducing the causes of human-driven climate change and preparing for and managing the impacts. Both definitions apply a social and racial equity lens, with attention to procedural, distributional, structural, and transgenerational aspects of equity.
We recognize that each community and facility are unique and there will be valuable insights and perspectives that we need to account for in determining the best site to receive investment and become the Fulton County Resilience Hub demonstration facility. While only one facility will become a Hub at this time, all sites will receive significant engagement, education, services and programming, and resiliency resources.
Please let us know of any questions or comments. We look forward to “seeing” you and your community members and neighbors!
Senior Project Manager, Policy and Community Impact, Southface
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The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will begin administering the State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program (GRA) on March 8, 2021.
GRA can help renters with their past due rent and utilities. Payment will be made directly to landlords and utility providers.
More information on program details and eligibility are available online at the Georgia Rental Assistance webpage.
Financial assistance is being made available through this program to eligible tenants, their landlords, and utility providers to cover activities including rent arrears, current and future rent payments, and utility arrears payments.
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