Atlanta City Council urges General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport General to provide support services for unhoused individuals

Atlanta City Council
3 min readDec 5, 2023
District 10 Atlanta City Council member Andrea L. Boone

ATLANTA — The Atlanta City Council approved legislation Monday urging the General Manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to implement a plan to aid and provide support services for unhoused individuals seeking shelter at the airport, including entering an emergency procurement agreement with a qualified service provider to provide outreach and identify the need for specific services (23-R-4547).

Other items approved include:

• A resolution establishing a Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport atrium policy task force to review all procedures, policies, and laws and to provide recommendations to improve operations and enhance the safety of the airport’s atrium and the adjacent terminals. This item was an immediate consideration and sent to the mayor’s office post-haste.

• An ordinance for the issuance and sale by the City of Atlanta of its tax allocation variable rate bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $33 million to finance a portion of the redevelopment costs related to specific projects within the Eastside Tax Allocation District (23-O-1647).

• An ordinance authorizing the Chief Financial Officer to amend the Mayor’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs FY 2023 Intergovernmental Grant Fund budget by adding $83,000 in Victims of Crime Act grant award funding received from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (23-O-1646).

• An ordinance to place a historical marker in Isabel Gates Webster Park to memorialize the exceptional achievements of Isabella Gates Webster. Webster is recognized as one of the first African-American women attorneys in Atlanta and later became an Atlanta Municipal Court Judge. In 1993, the Atlanta City Council renamed Peyton Forest Park to Isabel Gates Webster Park in her honor (23-O-1649).

• A resolution authorizing the City to apply for and accept a $100,000 Community Placemaking Grant from the Project for Public Spaces to create a signage pilot program identifying significant African-American history on city-owned property (23-R-4549).

• A resolution authorizing a donation of $2 million to Project Hope, Inc. to provide financial literacy and entrepreneurial education for Atlanta youth (23-R-4565).

• An ordinance ratifying the City’s submission of a Resilient Community Impact Funds grant from the Resilient Cities Network and authorizing acceptance of a $53,000 grant award. The funding is designated to support the collaboration with The Center for Urban Research in developing a Thriving Neighborhood Index to enhance community resilience (23-O-1662).

Proclamations and recognitions were presented to honor singer Dolores “Dee Dee” Kenniebrew of The Crystals, restaurateur Shema Fulton, husband and wife and Georgia Institute of Technology architecture alumni William and Ivenue Stanley.

Items were introduced for consideration in committee, including:

• A resolution to execute an agreement for sidewalk repairs and replacement for the right-of-way improvement projects on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for an amount not to exceed $2.4 million of all contracted work.

• An ordinance to amend the Atlanta Housing Code of the City of Atlanta Code of Ordinances to enforce a maximum fine of $1,000 and a graduated sentencing for persons or corporate entities owning multi-family properties found guilty or liable for violating any offense under this chapter.

• An ordinance accepting and allocating the proceeds from the Atlantic Station Tax Allocation District fund, $3.4 million, into the Atlanta Department of Transportation’s project account for the Howell Mill Complete Streets Project.

• An ordinance to create a new section of the Atlanta Code of Ordinances prohibiting wearing ski masks, masks, barrier face coverings, hoods, or any device that conceals the wearer’s identity.

• An ordinance adding $194,000 on behalf of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department to fund the car seat fitting station program.