Councilwoman Archibong Discusses Atlanta's Plan to Help Its Homeless

CBS 46

By Natalie Rubino

Atlanta is hoping to make a dent in its homeless population with a newly secured $50 million plan. 

"I think it's an excellent thing," Anthony Herrell said.

Herrell lived at the Gateway Center. He recently completed the city's Georgia Works program. He now has a job of his own and hopes the city's new plan will help others.

"You know, get back employed and just live happy, joyous and free. This is a great place to start," says Herrell.

The city will invest $25 million through a Homelessness Opportunity bond. The United Way will match that amount.

Some of the goals are to create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth by 2020 and house 147 homeless veterans by end of 2017. The city also wants to permanently house 500 disabled homeless people by 2019.

"There's also going to be wrap around services. You can imagine the needs and we're going to have a way to support people who are in a homeless situation," city councilwoman Natalyn Archibong said.

The city hasn't released an action plan to complete the goals. Archibong said it's a work in progress.

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Councilwoman Archibong Supports MultiMillion Dollar Bond to Help Atlanta's Homeless

NPR

By: Miranda Hawkins

Atlanta's City Council has approved a $26 million bond issue to help the homeless.

Late Monday, the council unanimously approved authorizing the city's economic development arm, Invest Atlanta, to issue the bonds.

The United Way of Greater Atlanta is also kicking in a $25 million donation. It's part of a plan called ClearPath.

"It's important because it's going to allow us to have the funding that we need to really implement strategies around reducing chronic homelessness," said Councilmember Natalyn Archibong.

The plan focuses mainly on providing permanent and emergency housing but it also looks at preventing families on the brink of homelessness from being displaced. According to a press release, in the next three years the city plans to:

  • “Place 500 chronically homeless individuals in permanent supportive housing;
  • Secure housing for 300 homeless families who will be rapidly rehoused in permanent units;
  • Prevent 100 families from entering homelessness;
  • Create 264 new emergency shelter beds; and
  • Create 254 new housing interventions for homeless youth.”

Archibong said the city wants to partner with neighboring municipalities with a focus on DeKalb and Fulton counties.

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Councilwoman Archibong Discusses Atlanta's Tree Canopy on NPR

NPR 

By: Candace Wheeler

 Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott":

2:18: The Atlanta City Council has approved measures to protect the city's tree canopy. The ordinance imposes a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong, who proposed the ordinance, tells us more.

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Councilwoman Archibong is a Leader in Proactive Efforts to Preserve Atlanta's Unique Tree Canopy

Saporta Report

By: Maria Saporta

On June 19, the Atlanta City Council unanimously approved an ordinance by Councilmember Natalyn Archibong to impose a 180-day moratorium on the acceptance of any application to remove more than 10 trees on residentially-zoned land of five acres or larger.

During the moratorium period, the city will examine the impact development is having on the city’s tree canopy, and it will provide the city an opportunity to develop strategies for increasing and preserving the city’s tree canopy, according to a release from the Atlanta City Council.

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The Atlanta City Council Unanimously Approves Councilwoman Archibong's Moratorium on Tree Removal

Atlanta Journal Constitution

By Leslie Johnson

The Atlanta City Council recently gave the nod to an ordinance imposing a 180-day moratorium on accepting any application to remove more than ten trees on residential zoned parcels of five acres or larger.

Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong proposed the measure, which passed unanimously.

The six month moratorium gives the city the chance to look into the impact that development is having on Atlanta’s tree canopy and to come up with ways to increase and preserve the canopy, according to city officials. Information supplied by the city says that 36 percent of the city is covered in trees, while other U.S. cities on average have 27 percent tree coverage.

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Councilwoman Archibong Supports the Grand Opening of Kirkwood Electric Bike Company

Decaturish

By Ellie Ritter, contributor

                                    An Edison electric bike. Photo by Ellie Ritter

                                    An Edison electric bike. Photo by Ellie Ritter

Ryan Hersh just opened the Edison Electric Bike Company in Kirkwood, but his love of bikes and transportation goes way back.

“I pretty much grew up on two wheels,” he said. “Road bikes, dirt bikes, everything. I grew up here in Atlanta, too, and I absolutely love the city.”

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“I am proud to have such a sustainable product assembled in the heart of Kirkwood,” Archibong said in a press release. “As our city, and the world for that matter, grows increasingly conscious of our environment and the impact fossil fuels, it’s nice to have a way of getting around our communities in a way that produces no gas emissions. Electric bicycles allow people who might not normally ride a bike because of hills, distance or physical ability to get around with relative ease.

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Councilwoman Archibong Introduced Legislation to Solidify the City Council’s Stance on the Paris Climate Accord

Atlanta Intown Paper

by Collin Kelley

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Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced a resolution on Monday cementing the City Council’s stance on the Paris Climate Accord. The resolution, which received overwhelming support, expresses commitment to the agreement, which strives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2035. “Atlanta should continue to lead our state and region and commit to doing our part in reaching the goals set in the Paris Agreement by reducing our emissions, seeking cleaner energy sources, and working with our corporate partners in protecting our future,” said Archibong. Last week, Mayor Kasim Reed joined more than 100 U.S. mayors when he announced that Atlanta remains committed to the Paris Climate agreement, despite President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord.

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Councilwoman Archibong is Again Named Most Progressive Member on the Atlanta City Council

Atlanta Progressive News

Matthew Cardinale

The APN Atlanta City Council Scorecard is the most comprehensive, voting record-based scorecard available for the current Atlanta City Council, and is available as a public Google Spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/2ixKV6s

APN has been issuing this Scorecard since 2009.  The Scorecard now contains 63 specific votes taken by the Full Council dating back to 2003, in which Atlanta Progressive News has taken a position for or against each legislative item or motion.

Once again, Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong is the most progressive Councilwoman on the City Council, with a score of 82.7 out of 100.

The ranking of the current fifteen Councilmembers are as follows:

NATALYN ARCHIBONG    82.7

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Councilwoman Archibong Urges GDOT to Implement Traffic Calming Measures

ATLANTA DAILY WORLD

By: Roz Edward, Michigan Chronicle Managing Editor

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong introduced legislation requesting the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) implement traffic calming measures along the portions of Memorial Drive within the Atlanta city limits.

Councilmember Archibong said she would like to see Memorial Drive become a safer corridor for walkers and cyclists, with inclusion of green spaces at a time when new housing and amenities, including restaurants and businesses, are rediscovering what many refer to as the “gateway to Atlanta.”

“The Memorial Drive Corridor, especially the portions that lie within the city limits, is experiencing a rebirth. The future of Memorial Drive depends on what we do today to address traffic along the corridor,” Archibong said. “Issues such as speeding, visibility for motorists and pedestrians and the lack of adequate pedestrian crosswalks have become a public safety concern that needs to be addressed with short-term and long-term solutions.

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Councilwoman Archibong Urges GDOT to Speed up Efforts to Make Memorial Drive Safer

CBS News

By Rebekka Schramm

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At an Atlanta city transportation committee meeting Wednesday, council members discussed a letter drafted by Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong and others -- to the Georgia Department of Transportation. GDOT currently has a long-term plan to make the corridor safer, but Archibong is urging them to speed things up.

“There are some things Georgia DOT can do quickly around signalization and lane configuration that will be a solution right now,” said Archibong. “Then, let’s continue to work toward the full ‘from Capitol to Candler’ plan that we have in place.”

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