Nicholas House COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Families

Good morning!  Here is updated information on Nicholas House’s emergency assistance program and how to get help to share with NPU-V and Peoplestown.

With the support of the Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund and other funders, Nicholas House is providing emergency rent, utilities and food support to families in the Stadium Neighborhoods (Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Summerhill and Grant Park) and Metro Atlanta impacted by COVID-19.  Information is below and available in more detail in this flyer—please share with anyone who may be able to benefit!

Nicholas House Prevention Assistance Email:

Nicholas House Prevention Assistance Line: 404-789-5626

Services are for families only. Applicants must have at least 1 child ages 0-17 in their household. Applicants should provide their name, phone number, County or city limits they live in and should specify the type of assistance needed. A case manager will respond promptly.

These resources are also available at

May NPU-V Meeting Canceled

NPU-V will not have a May meeting and all agenda items will be deferred to our June meeting , Also the LRB , BZA and ZRB Meeting has Has been suspended for the month of May and after my feedback from our Executive Board , we are suspending our May NPU-V meeting . Please post and share with your neighbors .

Stay Safe
Columbus Ward

LISC Small Business Relief Grants – due 4/28

LISC and Sam’s Club are partnering to provide grants of up to $10,000 to businesses 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 grant is due on Tuesday, April 28 at 11:59PM EST.


Southside Medical Center COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing

Non-Registered (Remain in car at all times with windows up until otherwise directed)

1. If you do not have internet access or need assistance proceed to red tent
2. Register online at (remain in your car in line)
3. Schedule your immediate Telehealth Visit (needed for test approval)
4. Show ID to SMC Employee and follow directives at white tent

Registered Patients (Remain in car at all times with windows up until otherwise directed)

1. Keep window up
2. Upon arrival show ID and approval code through vehicle window
3. Proceed to testing station
4. Show ID to SMC Employee and follow directives

Thank you for visiting our Drive-Through COVID:19 Testing Site. Your Provider will contact you in most cases within 24 hours with your COVID-19 test results and plan of care.

You are able to go home for self-isolation and monitoring while waiting for the test results. You should follow the prevention steps on the back side of this card until a doctor says you can return to normal activities.

If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 in the interim, including fever, cough, shortness of breath or body aches, please contact us for a Telemedicine appointment.

Call 404-688-1350 or Visit

Civic Participation for Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Thursday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m.

Greetings, NPU Leaders and friends. I hope you’re staying safe and healthy. This is kind of long, so if you’re in a hurry, please just read the parts in green.

While I’m really excited to see Atlanta’s neighborhood associations and NPUs meeting virtually and hardly missing a beat, we have heard from a few leaders who are concerned about whether virtual meetings exclude seniors and others who don’t have smartphones, computers, or internet access. I want to clarify for our seniors and those who care about them: every level of planning we have done to support NPUs’ ability to meet virtually has been with all Atlantans, including seniors, in mindTo make sure we are communicating directly with seniors and those who advocate for them, NPU University is hosting a conference call for seniors next Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. To access the call, dial (646) 558-8656, access code: 399 797 8529# from any phone. The purpose of this call is to dispel myths about virtual meetings, to help take the intimidation factor out of the concept of virtual meetings, and show our senior neighbors how they can participate. There are seniors who are opposed to meeting virtually, only because they’ve been told that they have to have a computer or a smartphone. In this call, we will take the time to explain to seniors and the people who advocate for them how these meetings work and how they can vote on NPU agenda items. At the end of the call, they will be given the opportunity to ask any questions about virtual meetings. If you have a smartphone or computer, you can join the meeting here: The meeting ID is 399 797 8529.

We have come to realize, as have many of you, that meeting virtually is actually MORE inclusive, since people who would not otherwise have an opportunity to attend NPU meetings can now participate without leaving their homes. This means that seniors who don’t like to go out after dark, seniors without transportation, seniors who are homebound or have difficulty getting around, or even parents who need childcare can now attend NPU and neighborhood association meetings. With virtual meetings, we even have the flexibility to stream meetings live on Facebook, or record and upload them to websites. Without a doubt, virtual meetings give NPUs the opportunity to reach more residents than ever before.

Here’s what you can do to help:

 Invite your senior neighbors to join the call on Thursday, April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at (646) 558-8656; Access code 399 797 8529.

  1. Send this email to your neighborhood associations and organizations, asking them to share with their senior populations.
  2. Call (or encourage your neighborhood leaders to call) any seniors in your neighborhood who do not have internet access or email accounts.
  3. If you don’t already have it, begin collecting a list of phone numbers for your neighbors who don’t have internet access. In the coming days, we will be offering CallingPost support to get meeting updates to the NPU members who do not use email, social media, or other online platforms.
  4. Anything you can think of to get this meeting information into the hands of those we can’t reach via email or social media. 

As always, if you have any thoughts, ideas, concerns or feedback, please don’t hesitate to call me. And please continue to stay safe and healthy.

Kindest regards,

 Leah LaRue, Registered Mediator

Assistant Director, Neighborhood Planning Units

City of Atlanta | Department of City Planning | 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Suite 1450 | Atlanta, Georgia 30303

You Have Options to Resolve Your Traffic Citations!


Office of the City Solicitor

April 21, 2020

A Message from Atlanta City Solicitor Raines F. Carter:

 To slow the spread of the Coronavirus, the City of Atlanta Municipal Court is closed to the public.  HOWEVER, YOU HAVE OPTIONS TO RESOLVE YOUR TRAFFIC CITATIONS!  You may be able to handle your citation through the Office of the City Solicitor PreTrial Diversion (PTIT).  PTIT allows you the opportunity to avoid points on your license and other negative consequences of a traffic violation.

To learn more about PTIT, go to WWW.ATLANTAGA.GOV/PTIT; or email us at PTIT@ATLANTAGA.GOVor call us at 404.658.6618 or 404.658.6163. Please provide your citation number and contact information.  If you have already paid your citation, this option will not be available.


MARTA To Implement Essential Service Plan

Good afternoon MARTA Stakeholder,

Details of MARTA’s Essential Service plan are below and attached. A link to the video detailing the plan can be found here:!ApMEUuoXttjwgeJ07jOfqmNOm_TA-A?e=oODjXT


Authority will Operate 41 Routes, Double Service on 34 Busiest Routes

ATLANTA – The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) announced it will implement anEssential Service plan that reduces the number of bus routes and allows for a doubling of service on the busiest, most critical routes. This plan keeps MARTA running for health care personnel and other essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Beginning Monday, April 20, MARTA will run 40 bus routes and one new circulator service that provide transportation to 17 hospitals, 22 urgent care centers, 85 grocery stores and 16 job centers/industrial hubs. Buses will be added to the 34 busiest routes. A list and map of the routes are attached.

“This Essential Service plan will serve the largest number of people and with these important destinations in mind, provide as much coverage in our service area as possible,” said MARTA General Manager and CEO Jeffrey Parker. “This was not an easy decision. I know it will have a negative impact on many bus-dependent areas, but it is necessary to keep MARTA operating and allow space on our busiest routes for customers to practice social distancing.”

Bus ridership, while down 40 percent, remains steady on busy routes, resulting in unacceptable crowding. Rear door boarding, and suspension of bus fares have exacerbated the issue. Despite MARTA’s implementation of several crowding mitigation efforts such as instructing operators to display a ‘Bus Full’ sign when at capacity, acustomer hotline to report a full bus and request another, and seat spacing signs to encourage social distancing, there are too many instances of customers ignoring the guidelines.

This Essential Service plan will address crowding by placing MARTA’s entire bus fleet on 41 routes. Decals near the boarding door of all buses will encourage customers NOT to board a bus that has no open seats and to wait for the next bus that will be coming along in most cases within 10 minutes. The MARTA Police Department will dispatch officers to the busiest routes to assist with overcrowding, limiting the number of passengers who board, and escorting off the bus those customers who are joyriding. MPD has also created a mobile team of officers who will respond in real time to bus operators who need assistance.

Rail ridership is down almost 80 percent, leaving room on trains for social distancing. Rail service will continue to operate on a Sunday schedule during weekdays with a start time of 5 a.m.

The Essential Service plan route list, map, and schedule can be found at For real-time service alerts, follow @MARTASERVICE on Twitter or download MARTA’s On The Go app.                                                     

Erica Pines
Senior Director
Office of Stakeholder and Public Engagement

NPU-V Healing Circle on April 15

Alfred Garner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NPU-V Healing Circle 5
Time: Apr 15, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 393 396 134
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