Atlanta City Council

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

NPR

By: Miranda Hawkins

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

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

Atlanta Journal Constitution

By Leslie Johnson

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

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

Atlanta Intown Paper

by Collin Kelley

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

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 Proposes Legislation to Donate 42K to Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum

On Common Ground News

By Valerie Morgan

Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Atlanta City Council District 5 Candidate

 

Atlanta City Councilmember Natalyn Archibong is proposing legislation authorizing $42,500 in funding to help the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. continue its mission of connecting the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s global Human Rights Movement.

Last year, it was reported that the Atlanta tourist’s attraction was struggling to meet projected revenues. CEO Derrick Kayongo said the center’s attendance revenues covered less than 50 percent of its costs, forcing the center to rely on donations to make up the rest. Kayongo said total revenue for 2015 was $5.5 million, with $2.6 million coming from about 200,000 in paid admissions, events and retail, and $2.9 million received as donations and gifts. The center had about $3 million in expenses for that period, and spent an additional $1.95 million to repay half of a $3 million working capital loan, the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Archibong, an ardent supporter of diversity and inclusion, said this week that the center is a treasure that must be supported.

Archibong has authored and co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that encourage inspires matters of acceptance and tolerance including legislation to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial initiative, “From Civil War to Civil Rights.

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Committee for Better Atlanta Says "Councilwoman Archibong is Well Qualified to Serve"

Committee for Better Atlanta

Natalyn Archibong Q&A: 

What events or experiences caused you to decide to run for this office?

As a three term incumbent, I am intimately aware of the critical issues facing our city. During my tenure on the City Council, we have experienced the challenge of funding the water/sewer consent decrees, acts of God including the 2007 tornado and the floods of Vine City and Peoplestown; the economic recession of 2008 and beyond. As a city we responsibly and aggressively tackled each problem and in the course of doing so, learned more about our strengths (we are fiscally responsible) and our weaknesses (we have become better at emergency response – from snows to floods). I want to build on the lessons learned to assist in strengthen Atlanta. We are working to become a more sustainable city, a greener city, a safer city, more transit oriented, and a place where companies and people want to live and to thrive. In Council District 5, we have recently faced severe public safety challenges. The communities within District 5 deserve to have an experienced and dedicated public servant to assist them in obtaining sustained public safety resources from the city. Similarly, these constituents deserve a public servant who knows and understands our local government, and has built over a decade of professional relationships and experiences which will further our collective goals relative to zoning, infrastructure improvements, safety, and the delivery of basic city services.

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