Central Atlanta Progress is is looking for individuals who are interested in being involved with the implementation of the Downtown Atlanta Master Plan recommendations. The Downtown Master Plan Task Force will coordinate and track the progress toward implementation around key initiatives. Subcommittees will also be established to address specific action items. The Downtown Master Plan Task Force will have its kick-off meeting on Thursday, March 15 (time TBA). Complete this form if you’re interested in joining the effort.
The Atlanta City Council approved legislation at its Feb. 19 meeting authorizing the city to accept a $120,000 donation to support the Office of the Public Defender. The donation is being made by Virginia-Highland Church’s homeless outreach initiative, The River. The ministry began in 2015 and works with organizations around the city who do innovative work to end the cycle of homelessness. The funds will be used to provide holistic defense support to indigent clients, including the identification of social service needs such as health care, employment and education. The resources will also help with a new pretrial diversion program to keep chronically homeless individuals out of the criminal justice system and provide additional legal and social services to defendants to support their societal reintegration.