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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Authorizing Use of $1.5 Million in Funds to Match Private Philanthropic Donation to Provide Individual Shelter Options for People Experiencing Homeles

Post Date:04/08/2020 8:44 PM

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Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Issues Executive Order Authorizing Use of $1.5 Million in Funds to Match Private Philanthropic Donation to Provide Individual Shelter Options for People Experiencing Homelessness

ATLANTA—Mayor Keisha Lane Bottoms issued an Executive Order authorizing the allocation of up to one million five hundred thousand dollars ($1,500,000.00) to provide additional individual shelter options with supportive services for people experiencing homelessness. This funding will leverage private and philanthropic dollars to combat the spread of COVID-19.

These funds build upon the existing investment of one million dollars ($1,000,000) for people experiencing homelessness, which is primarily supporting isolation, testing, and transportation. Those funds have been leveraged with other State and Federal funding.   

Thế giới cá“There is a critical need for the Atlanta community to step up to protect and provide for our most vulnerable populations,” said Mayor Bottoms. “Our city is blessed with a number of philanthropic partners who have extended helping hands to meet the needs of our community. Thank you to these partners for going above and beyond to assist the City in bending the curve of this virus, and for remaining among Atlanta’s greatest champions.”

You can view Mayor Bottoms' Executive Order online here.

Mayor Bottoms’ Order is the latest in a number of measures instituted by the Administration to combat the spread and subsequent financial impact of COVID-19.

Mayor Bottoms announced a partnership with Atlanta Housing (AH) that set forth several rent relief efforts for seniors, families, and other residents who live in AH-owned or subsidized units and have lost income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thế giới cáThe Mayor also launched the  a donation campaign led by the Mayor’s Office in partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta to support City of Atlanta residents experiencing economic hardships and health-related issues caused by COVID-19.

Donations from the #ATLStrong Fund will support the following priorities:

  • Food security for Atlanta’s children and seniors;
  • Support for individuals experiencing homelessness;
  • Small business assistance;
  • Emergency assistance for Atlantans suffering financial hardship due to the pandemic, such as loss of income, rent or utility assistance, etc.

Additionally, one of the first measures taken by Mayor Bottoms was to issue an Administrative OrderThế giới cá directing the Commissioner of Watershed Management to refrain from taking any action which would result in the termination of water services for any Watershed Management customer due to non-payment for the next sixty (60) days.

Mayor Bottoms issued an Executive OrderThế giới cá creating a $7 million emergency fund to provide assistance to those impacted by COVID-19. The resources are designated to fund emergency assistance to food programs for children and seniors, homeless preparedness, support to small businesses, assistance to hourly wage earners and other areas adversely impacted by COVID-19.

As well as an Order directing the Centers of Hope Afterschool program to continue to provide free meals to all students who rely on them throughout the closure of schools. A list of schools and more information can be found here.

The City has also posted prevention information and additional resources related to COVID-19 on its website here.

Chief among the City’s guidance to residents and visitors are the following preventative measures:

1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not   available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
4. Stay home when you are sick.
5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
6. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
7. If you have recently returned from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials

Recommended CDC safety guidelines can be found online .

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