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Fulton Commissioners Vote to Accept Renewal Grant for Services to Homeless Citizens

As of October 6th, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners approved a one-year grant renewal for services to the homeless. The funds which will be provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be used to provide services to help homeless citizens to overcome substance abuse, to prepare for employment and obtain permanent housing through the Office of Emergency and Transitional Housing. 

The county will add matching grant dollars of $287,571, which will bring the actual funds committed to $974,058.

The grants funds will be used in collaboration with 31 community-based agencies to provide funds to address substance abuse issues for those who are identified as being in need of assistance.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Historic Site; Free for All

Atlanta, GA--  Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site is celebrating its 30th anniversary on Sunday with a community Block Party that is free and open to the public. 

The Martin Luther King Center is one of Atlanta's most visited tourist destinations and they are looking forward to commemorating this major milestone with the community. More than 700,000 people visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site each year. The site was established by Congress on Oct. 10, 1980. Today, the site consists of more than 38 acres and includes 67 historic buildings, including Ebenezer Baptist Church, the home where the civil rights icon was born and the tomb of King and his wife, Coretta.

The event Sunday takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the King Historical Site.

Professional and University-Level Architects can Compete to Design a Playground for Woodruff Park

Atlanta, GA--  Playable International Design competition challenges professional and University-level architects, landscape architects, industrial designers, artists, engineers, and other "creatives" to re-think the way people play and how they integrate play into their lives.  Competitors are tasked with creating play designs that blow the lid off the norm, because the "norm" isn't working any more.

There are 3 categories in playable10: one is to design a playspace for downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park (winning design will be built in 2011); one to create a plan for play for the Atlanta Beltline; and another to produce a do-it-yourself manual to be distributed around the world for families and communities to build their own playspaces.  The winners will be selected by an exciting team of jurors.

For more information visit:  www.playabledesign.org


Councilman Hall Joins Community Non-profit at Opening of Affordable Apartments in Old 4th Ward

Atlanta, GA--  City Councilman Kwanza Hall, the City of Atlanta Office of Housing, and Beacon of Hope, Inc. will celebrate the completion of eight newly renovated affordable apartments along the Boulevard corridor in the historic Old Fourth Ward.

“Attracting and keeping working families in our intown neighborhoods is so important to Atlanta’s future.  I am grateful that Beacon of Hope has answered the community’s call to make 2- and 3-bedroom apartments available and affordable in the heart of the City,” said Hall.   

A community ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m.  Monday, September 27th at 516 and 520 Boulevard (adjacent buildings).

Beacon of Hope, Inc. was certified as a community development organization by the City of Atlanta in 2005 and acquired the two 70-year-old properties a few years later.

Register Now for the Civic League's 2nd Annual Neighborhood Summit, Sept. 25th

Atlanta, GA-- What's going on in your neighborhood? Do residents have a shared sense of what they want for their community? Are neighborhood projects moving forward? Are there community assets you want to preserve? Things you wish were different?  Build a better neighborhood: Come to the Neighborhood Summit.

Volunteers From The Home Depot, KABOOM!, and the Butler St. YMCA Join Forces to Build new Playground

Atlanta, GA--  More than 300 volunteers from The Home Depot, the Bill Lucas YMCA Early Learning Center/Butler Street YMCA, and organizers from the nonprofit organization KaBOOM! will join together to build a state-of-the-art, 2,500 square foot playground in one day. The playground will provide a safe, fun environment for the children in the community.   

The playground is funded through a $98,740 grant from The Home Depot Foundation along with a $7,500 contribution from the Bill Lucas YMCA Early Learning Center/Butler Street YMCA. As a founding partner of KaBOOM!, The Home Depot provides financial support, materials and numerous volunteers for playground projects across North America as part of its ongoing commitment to give back to the communities its stores serve. As official Sustainability Partners, The Home Depot and KaBOOM!

Castleberry Hill Chili Cookoff - November 13th! Enter Now 6 Trophies up for Grabs!!!

The annual Chili Cookoff, which raises funds for Atlanta Fire Dept #1 in Castleberry Hill will be held on Elliott Street, Saturday, November 13th from 2-5pm. Judging will be handled by the firemen and start at 3pm. More information coming soon, in the meantime click here to download an entry form and submit to social@castleberryhill.org. The entry form has requirements and additional information. Please contact us if you would like to sponsor the event or donate to the raffle. A big thanks to Elliott Street Pub for sponsoring and assisting with the event!

Click here for the CHNA Chili Cookoff poster to help us promote the event!