The National Alliance to End Homelessness honored Buckhead resident Horace Sibley April 9 with its prestigious John W. Macy award for outstanding individual leadership in the fight to end homelessness in the Atlanta area.

Sibley, chair of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta’s Regional Homelessness Commission and retired senior partner of King & Spalding law firm, received the award at the Alliance’s Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Macy Award is named in honor of John W. Macy, Jr., the National Alliance to End Homelessness’ first chairman of the board. The award is presented to an individual and is not presented annually, but reserved for when an individual has made a significant contribution to ending homelessness.

In 2002 Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin asked United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to analyze the issue of homelessness in Atlanta and make specific recommendations to the City on how it could be resolved. This request led to the formation of The Regional Commission on Homelessness, which was charged with the task of developing a plan to end homelessness in Atlanta.

With over 30 years of experience in national and international business, Sibley volunteered to both lead the Commission in the plan’s development and rally various sectors — from nonprofit to corporate to faith-based — to support the plan. In March of 2003, Mayor Franklin approved the Commission’s 120-page “Blueprint to End Homelessness in Atlanta in 10 years.”