No Mechanicville Civic Association Meeting This Monday

Mechanicsville Civic Association was originally supposed to meet on Monday, May 4, but this meeting is now canceled. Separately, NPU-V was scheduled to meet on Monday, May 11, and that meeting has also been canceled. From my understanding, the License & Review Board, the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and Zoning Review Board meetings are also canceled for May. Please continue to stay safe everyone!

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

Nicholas House is ready to help with Eviction Prevention

Hi Team,

I want you to know that Nicholas House has an emergency procedure in place to help families with children with Eviction Prevention and Families with Children with Homelessness. Their usual uptake is through the Gateway Center, however they are asking people to contact them Directly at the Boulevard Location. They will work with the reception person to fill out a form and within 72 hours a case worker will be in touch with them. Nicholas house is experiencing a flood of calls right now and they have brought on extra case workers (with some of the funds we allocated to them) to help take care of applicants.

I can give you one example that will no breach confidentiality:

A woman with children was living in her car in a parking lot in Mechanicsville. They were notified and now she is in a hotel room with a kitchen while they work out how to get her started in their program. This is all thanks to the $$$ we awarded them.

If you know of a family with children that is facing eviction please have them call Nicholas house.

Nicholas House
(404) 622-0793

I thought we all could use a bit of good news so I had to share.

Much Love to you all!


Rick Hudson

Eviction Prevention Assistance


Here is the latest information on how families facing eviction can contact Nicholas House for help.

We offer eviction prevention assistance for homeless families with children through a program called Home Again (typically up to two months of rent and utilities arrears though that may be subject to change due to the crisis).

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we have expanded the program—current requirements are:

  • Must be at least 18 years old with primary custody of at least one minor child (no single individuals or families without children, though we serve families with children of any composition)
  • Must reside in the City of Atlanta, Fulton County or Stadium Neighborhoods (we may be able to serve residents in more areas depending on what funds come in—we anticipate some flexibility here)
  • Must be at risk of eviction (no employment/income required through the COVID-19 crisis)

If a family is at risk for eviction and thinks they may be eligible, they should call our Boulevard location at 404-622-0793 and let staff know that they need eviction prevention.  Staff will take down their information, share it with the appropriate case manager, and the case manager will reach back out via phone or email within 72 business hours.

I’ll keep you in the loop if we have any changes to this process or the eligibility requirements as the new case manager comes on board to help assist families with eviction prevention, hopefully within the next week or so.  We expect to have a jump in capacity as far as how many families we can help once they are on boarded and have a streamlined “how to get help” sheet as well, which I’ll share once it’s made.

Please don’t hesitate to call or have folks call me with any questions! I’ll be sure to share updated eligibility requirements as they develop. J

Thank you and stay well!

Norma V. Nyhoff
Annual Fund Manager
Nicholas House, Inc.
Cell: (404) 272-1718
Fax: (404) 622-0388
P.O. Box 15577
Atlanta, GA 30333

CHRIS 180 Resources

Hello everyone

I hope all is well in your communities. I wanted to share this resource with you for residents who may be experiencing hardships during COVID-19 sheltering in place. We are available to provide drop and go meals and individual counseling support through telehealth. Please share with residents and stakeholders in the community for any support needed.

Thanks and stay safe!

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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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.