NeighborWorks, when Neighbors Work

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About 3 years ago  I was able to spend a week attending a NeighborWorks community development/stabilization conference and classes.  A few weeks prior, I found out I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I KNEW it would not be easy to attend as all of my pregnancies have been “high risk”, however  “not easy “  was an understatement.  In between violently vomiting (all day “morning sickness”), sharp muscle spasms in my back,  and having a condition which produced excessive  saliva, I was able to network with others dedicated to community development and rebuilding blighted urban areas.  It was one of the most draining and yet- exciting times in my life, especially being that it was held in New Orleans….a city not fully recovered from the Katrina devastation. 

I can not believe that was nearly 3 years ago. Ironically,  like in childbirth the pains and hardship one endures in that time (before and during labor) become a memory, once that which you anticipate has arrived.  Now, it’s just the growing pains.

We have  hundreds of  Non-Profits in the West End of Atlanta and many new businesses come to our NPU seeking support with this status and mission to help rebuild. Most claim to do  community development, or provide homebuyer resources.  Honestly, I have seen very little impact from any agency within my neighborhoods.  Yes, we do have UCDC (University Community Development Corporation) who have successfully participated in the NSP program-  rehabed and resold homes to a few owner occupants. However, the success ratio of these non-profits make it very difficult for me to support them.

 Why are those who have made it their business to redevelop communities limited in their accomplishments? Some will say they are lacking financial resources (grants are limited) and others may be lacking support.  I personally believe the “business” of  community development can not be a 9-5 Mon- Friday business alone.   There were many things I learned during the week in New Orleans,  one thing that resonates throughout my community is that a stabilized safe  neighborhood can not be built without resident involvement.  In our communities, what I do see are  neighbors with no affiliation to anything, nor  “C3’s”   bringing in new residents, orchestrating clean ups, and public safety meetings.

 In that spirit, this January 2013, Area West Realty will  join with  “Committed To Communities” in their event sponsored by The Beltline Team, Invest Atlanta and Wells Fargo Neighborhood Lift on a mission to support our neighbors with their efforts of community development.   During this time, we will showcase available homes,  affordability programs and some of the best features in our communities.  We are making available, the City of Atlanta, bank reps and * RRC for one on one (no-strings-attached) conversations.  We only need YOU

Mark your calendar January 12th for this event. We appreciate our neighbors and will have special “Thank You’s” for YOUR community development efforts.  ( more information to come).

Side Note:

Reynoldstown Revitalization Corporation, or RRC has successfully helped many potential home owners work on their credit, understand the home buying and ownership process.

I  also encourage those in the business, and neighbors NOT in the business,  to invest in additional training at NeighborWorks America.  The information received is priceless, the connections made will change lives.

For information on past Committed to Communities events.

What to do on the Westside…

Information provided by Cheryl Case

*Civil Rights Symposium (Major League Baseball): Tuesday, April 19th at 5pm*
Major League Baseball is hosting its annual Civil Rights Game in Atlanta this May with the Braves being the hosting participant. As part of the Civil Rights Game, there will be extensive educational outreach programs.
Tomorrow evening, there will be a college symposium panel discussion with Civil Rights icons and Major League Baseball executives. There will be networking opportunities immediately following the symposium.
Contact: Sherry L. Turner, Ph.D., Executive Director/CEO Atlanta University Center Consortium, Inc.
Phone: 404-523-5778
E-mail: sturner@aucenter.edu
 
*Zone 1 Grand Opening Celebration*
April 19th at 930 Sells Avenue (Ashley Collegetown Apartments) Apt 1002 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. I hope you all can make it. I think there will be free food, yum 🙂

*Atlanta Workforce **Development Agency Job Fair*
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011; 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
In order to attend the AWDA Job Fair, first time participants must complete
an online AWDA application at:
www.Atlantaworkforce.org<http://www.atlantaworkforce.org/>

and attend one orientation, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday: from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM
Attire is professional, please have resumes ready to present to employers
818 Pollard Blvd, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30315
Contact: (404) 546-3000
 
*Ashview Heights Yard Sale*
In an effort to build community awareness and pride. In efforts to raise money for street toppers and trash cans we are having a community yard sale.
If you all have a chance please let your community know that we will be have a yard sale April 23, 2011 8 am to 2 pm. We are expecting any donations of clothing, shoes, cash, electronics or any other household items. To contact for more information and/or to make donations: phylletheone@gmail.com
 
*Year Up Program
Free IT Training for *18-24 year olds* who live in the DC/MD/VA,
Providence/Boston, San Francisco bay area, Chicago, New York City,and *
Atlanta.*
 
 
If you know anyone with a high school diploma or a GED who are between the ages of 18-24 yrs old and have an interest in IT and computers…Refer them to this site *http://www.yearup.org/* to learn more about this free program.
This program asks for a 1 year commitment between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm.
 
They provide the student with a stipend and after six months, internships at companies such as Freddie Mac and AOL to name a few. Check out the website: *www.yearup.org*
 
About Year UP:
 
Year Up is a one-year, intensive training program that provides urban young adults 18-24, with a unique combination of technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship.
 
Year UP has achieved excellent results to date: 100% placement of qualified students into apprenticeships; 83%student retention; 90% of apprentices meet or exceed apprenticeship partner expectations; 87% of graduates placed in full or part-time positions within 4 months of graduation.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program Public Notice

The Community Development/Human Resources Committee of the Atlanta City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Grant on Tuesday May 12, 2009 at 12:30 p.m., in Committee Room #2, 2nd floor, City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Atlanta, Ga.

 

The Community Development/Human Resources Committee of the Atlanta City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the City of Atlanta Allocation of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) Grant on Tuesday May 26, 2009 at 12:30 p.m., in Committee Room #2, 2nd floor, City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue, Atlanta, Ga.

For more information please contact Bureau of Housing at 404-330-6121 or 404-330-6390

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME!

Valerie R. Fountaine

Valerie R. Fountaine

NSP Program Manager

City of Atlanta

Department of Planning & Community Development

Bureau of Housing

Office-(404) 330-6390

Fax-(404) 546-8143

Website-www.atlantaga.gov