Eviction Prevention Assistance

Columbus,

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

MARTA MAKES SERVICE CHANGES, OPERATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS TO ADDRESS RIDERSHIP DECLINE, PROTECT HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

        

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 www.itsmarta.com, 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.

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NPU-V Healing Circle on April 8

Subject: NPU-V Healing Circle 4

Alfred Garner is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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

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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: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BZ3CdQGmOILNWTFTRTL62-NbHl_YjNquSocq_VIGfXQ/edit.

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.

Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LISCSBGrant

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

Thank you.

Amit

Update on ULI / mTAP Consulting in Mechanicsville | Please Complete Survey!

Last year, Mechanicsville Civic Association submitted a proposal to participate in ULI Atlanta’s mTAP program which provides the neighborhood with free consulting work from real estate professionals. Our proposal included the need to address the vacant, publicly-owned properties in the neighborhood–specifically the parking lots owned by the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority.

Our application was submitted and neighborhood leaders presented to ULI staff in late November. In December, we were notified that we were selected as a client for the mTAP program.

Over the year, community leaders have been working with the mTAP team to educate them about the challenges facing the neighborhood. To better facilitate their understanding of our needs and challenges, the mTAP has been distributing a survey that they’re asking community members to complete and submit. You can find an online version of that survey here.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NTVG8XY

Though we are all currently impacted by the effects of COVID-19, please review and submit as soon as you can.

You can learn more about our work with the mTAP program below:

Pandemic Financial/Other Resources/Info

Resources compiled and shared from Councilmember Joyce Sheperd’s office:

GOVERNMENT
Stimulus Package Info:

Please scroll down for details about the following resource categories.
-Government
-Utilities & Bills
-Food
-Specific Industry Funds
-Miscellaneous
-Free Media & Entertainment, Recreation

New Federal Tax Deadline July 15th:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-extends-individual-tax-filing-deadline-to-july-15-11584713903

Ga State Tax Deadline July 15th:
https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-like-feds-will-move-tax-day-from-april-july/jjYrFFntaF7l76zNWIGA0I/

Halting federal student loan payments and interest for 60 days:
www.politico.com/amp/news/2020/03/20/trump-coronavirus-student-loan-payments-139056

US Federal Gov Unemployment:
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/eta/eta20200312-0

Georgia News on Unemployment for Employers & Employees:
https://dol.georgia.gov/blog/new-information-filing-unemployment-partial-claims-and-reemployment-services

Georgia Unemployment Application:
https://www.dol.state.ga.us/public/uiben/internetclaim/requirementPinSetup?fbclid=IwAR0wlSrYe22iD38uiXLulUlXJwc9-AgKuFUkjQEZYDvPJvuXWe8P9PJ8R2Q

UTILITIES & BILLS
Mortgage relief news:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brendarichardson/2020/03/13/mortgage-relief-options-are-available-to-homeowners-affected-by-coronavirus-safety-measures/#a6c363c53ab7
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/03/18/hud-orders-60-day-foreclosure-moratorium-homeowners-affected-by-coronavirus/

No Atlanta Evictions for Next 60 Days:
https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/atlanta-mayor-calls-on-temporary-halt-on-evictions-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Just Shelter: List of organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing and prevent eviction
https://justshelter.org/community-resources/

List of Banks Offering to Help Customers:
https://www.aba.com/about-us/press-room/industry-response-coronavirus

Comcast: No disconnects. Free hotspots. Low-income households get 2 months free service
https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

AT&T: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

Verizon: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees
https://www.verizon.com/about/news/update-verizon-serve-customers-covid-19

Sprint: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
https://www.sprint.com/en/landings/covid-19.html

T Mobile: No disconnects for 60 days, waiving late payment fees. Unlimited data
https://www.t-mobile.com/brand/ongoing-updates-covid-19

Georgia Power: No disconnects
https://www.georgiapower.com/company/news-center/2020-articles/georgia-power-assures-customers-safe-and-reliable-service-will-continue-during-covid-19-pandemic.html

Atlanta Watershed: Suspending all water shut offs during this time
https://www.atlantawatershed.org/customer-service/

Geico: Pausing cancellation of policies due to non payment or policy expiration until April 30th
https://www.geico.com/about/coronavirus/

FOOD

Cobb County Food Resources:
https://cobbcountyga.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=e9bbc3e2644b46799c908b4c2c231bce&fbclid=IwAR1zao23wytLxoFdFFFLPV64W88Vqon6_lAM1-yea-tevNJwRJT0T1DrBxk

Atlanta Community Food Bank:
https://www.acfb.org/local-impact-map?fbclid=IwAR2Dxlt2bke70dsSct8FqCSAM2A5XvMpCMKWZqjDkjU-RplKzfsWgLFK-XY

Atlanta Survival Program: Free grocery delivery
https://atlsurvival.org/

Free Meals for Atlanta Public School Students:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hpQ2DP-MOyTzwQRlZW8iHKCxGz7u7JMx/view

Uber Eats: Waiving all delivery fees
https://www.boston.com/food/restaurants/2020/03/16/uber-eats-waives-delivery-fees

SPECIFIC INDUSTRY FUNDS
The Giving Kitchen: For food service workers needing financial assistance
https://thegivingkitchen.org/

Bartender Fund:
https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap?fbclid=IwAR1iJuMYX2vKL11vLYGQ_OX8fxD_9cfInp_BEf5mVD2mievywdH8fsWifwQ

Creator Fund: Freelancers/Creators, get up to $500 to help with groceries, medical bills, housing, etc
https://creatorfund.ck.page/

Resources for Artists:
https://creative-capital.org/2020/03/13/list-of-arts-resources-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

Relief Fund for LGBTQI+ BIPOC:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QTIBIPOCCOVID19

MISCELLANEOUS

Mental Health Services:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mcmuJralTP_oPB-PF3siEeJV8yiG6vuXtjHx1_4mu48/edit?fbclid=IwAR0-_pk9tRrGZdrSz9ZNWDz-D1hMYyNnNNBZ9ZeegVld4Xk6tFyZK7uwaSg

Financial Planning Association: Pro Bono Financial Planning
https://wwwonefpa.org/Pages/ProBonoPlanning.aspx

CVS: Waiving home delivery fees & 30 day refill limit on certain medications
https://cvshealth.com/newsroom/press-releases/cvs-health-announces-additional-covid-19-resources-focused-patient-access

Atlanta Public Schools Updates:
https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/coronavirus

Old Fourth Distillery: giving away free hand sanitizer during their business hours. Bring your own container and make a donation
https://o4d.com/

Uhaul: 1 free month storage units for students needing to move asap
https://www.uhaul.com/Articles/About/20625/College-Students-U-Haul-Offers-30-Days-Free-Self-Storage-amid-Coronavirus-Outbreak/

FREE MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Scholastic: Free education for Pre K – grade 6+
https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathomehtml

Adobe Photoshop: Free for students until May
https://www.techradar.com/news/adobe-gives-students-free-home-creative-cloud-access-heres-how-to-get-it

Adobe Creative Cloud: People with Adobe can get 2 months free
https://petapixel.com/2020/03/18/adobe-is-giving-everyone-2-months-of-free-creative-cloud-heres-how-to-get-it/

NASA Media Library:
https://www.diyphotography.net/nasa-makes-entire-media-library-publicly-accessible-copyright-free/

Peloton Workout App: Free 90 day trial
https://www.theverge.com/2020/3/16/21182267/peloton-workout-app-trial-at-home-subscription

Free books, movies, software, music, etc:
https://archive.org/

Free Ivy League courses:
https://www.freecodecamp.org/news/ivy-league-free-online-courses-a0d7ae675869/

Free Online Museum Tours:
https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Free National Park Tours:
https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/national-parks/virtual-national-parks-tours

No Entrance fees to National Parks:
https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/18/politics/national-parks-service-coronavirus/index.html

NPR: Free virtual concerts
https://www.npr.org/2020/03/17/816504058/a-list-of-live-virtual-concerts-to-watch-during-the-coronavirus-shutdown

Paris Opera: Free live performances
https://www.vogue.fr/fashion-culture/article/paris-opera-broadcasting-screening-performances-online-for-free-2020

Center of Puppetry Arts: Free tours and performances
https://puppet.org/center-for-puppetry-arts-home/

Might Could Studiomates: 1 month free trial
https://might-could.com/studiomates/

Download Free Coloring Books:
http://www.openculture.com/2019/02/download-free-coloring-books-from-113-museums.html

Virtual Meeting TODAY (Tuesday, March 17th at 6:30 p.m.) on Conducting Meetings During City of Atlanta Closure

Good afternoon, NPU Leaders and NPU Planners.

As you know, we have been working diligently to explore options for providing support to the NPUs and neighborhoods, most of whom are impacted by the City of Atlanta’s recent ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people. Today, we tested out a couple of options, and would like to share an update with you this evening at 6:30 p.m. I know this is short notice, but we really want to be able to get this moving as quickly as possible. If you cannot attend, please ensure that someone from your board is present. I will send you a calendar invitation separately that can be shared.

This meeting will double as an update and discussion of options; AND a demonstration of how you might be able to conduct virtual meetings. Please join this meeting by clicking this link from your cell phone, laptop, iPad/tablet, or desktop computer and join “as a guest.” You do not need to be technologically savvy to participate. And feel free to share this email with your executive board members, neighborhood presidents, or anyone connected to your NPU that you think may find this useful.