Council to consider devoting annual dollars to affordable housing trust fund
The Atlanta City Council will consider legislation during Monday’s meeting to amend the City Charter to direct that two percent of the general fund be allocated to affordable housing initiatives each fiscal year through creating the “Building the Beloved Community Affordable Housing Trust Fund (Legislative Reference №21-O-0777). As a charter amendment, this legislation requires two adoptions by the Council. Monday’s vote will be the first adoption.
Other items on Monday’s agenda include:
• A resolution authorizing the City to donate $2 million to assist in support of the Urban League of Greater Atlanta establishing and implementing a Guaranteed Income Pilot Program in Atlanta (Legislative Reference №21-R-4162). Those eligible for the program would be 18 years or older living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line. Participants would receive $500 in a monthly guaranteed income payment over 12 months.
• A resolution authorizing the City to donate $2 million to assist in support of the Operation Hope Inc. establishing and implementing Child Savings Accounts for certain eligible children residing in the City (Legislative Reference №21-R-4163). Those eligible include all city of Atlanta kindergarteners attending Title 1 Atlanta Public Schools elementary schools or those who live in the city of Atlanta and prove low-income status through an enrollment process. All participants will receive a savings account, $50 deposit for savings, and access to participate in complementary programming such as financial literacy programs.
• An ordinance to amend the City’s Code of Ordinance to add clarifying revisions regarding the issuance of alcohol licenses and the operating procedures of the License Review Board (Legislative Reference №21-O-0878).
• An ordinance authorizing the City of Atlanta to commence procedures to execute a swap of real property owned by the City with Brock Built LLC to facilitate the expansion of the West Highlands neighborhood project that would include the development of affordable housing and greenspace (Legislative Reference №21-O-0746).
• A resolution requesting the commissioner of the Atlanta Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic study on 2220 Campbellton Road and the intersection of Cascade Road SW and Spring Park Drive SW to determine the need for any safety improvements such as speed monitors (Legislative Reference №21-R-4164).
• An ordinance to recognize Columbus Day — the second Monday in October — as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” in Atlanta (Legislative Reference №21-O-0865).
The Committee on Council will be held in committee of the whole during the full Council meeting Nov. 15, 2021.
The Nov. 15 meeting will take place remotely at 1 p.m. in response to the telework protocol activated for City Hall. The meeting will be simulcast on the Council’s website, YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter pages, and Channel 26.
Media and the public can access the live meeting using the conference bridge by dialing (404) 902–5066 and entering ID number 151945.
Pursuant to 20-R-4119, remarks from the public for all remote meetings are accepted between the hours of 4–7 p.m. on the day before the scheduled meeting.
Residents can participate in the public comment portion of the meeting by calling (404) 330–6001 and leaving a voicemail, including their name and contact information. Public comments for the Committee on Council may be left by calling (404) 330–6069.