Friday, January 22, 2016

Next NEGA Homeless and Poverty Coalition Meeting March 3 at noon

Our next meeting will be March 3 at noon at First Baptist Church on the corner of Pulaski Street and Prince Ave. Topics discussed will be the Continuum of Care, new definition of "chronically homeless" and how that may affect some services, and an overview of the programs that offer emergency shelter or housing to the homeless, just to get us all up to speed and on the same page. See you there!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Next Homeless and Poverty Coalition Meeting September 3 at noon

Our next meeting will be on Thursday September 3rd at noon at the First Baptist Church, 355 Pulaski Street.

The topics of our meeting will be:
- Downtown Panhandling
- Salvation Army's new employment program - the BRIDGE
- SOAR program - helping people gain access to Social Security income

This meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact:
Samanta Carvalho, Secretary of the Homeless and Poverty Coalition

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ohio Woman Walking America for Homeless & Homeless Veterans will be in Athens Thurs (8/27) at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall

Kim Denmark is walking across America for homeless and homeless veterans.

She will pass through Athens, Georgia, August. 27, 2015 and will meet with the Mayor at City Hall at 2:00.  Please come out to support her and spread the word.

To date Ms. Denmark has walked 16 states and 5,160 miles.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Next Homeless Coalition Meeting is July 9th

Our next meeting will be on July 9th at noon at the First Baptist Church, 355 Pulaski Street.

Our speaker will be Connor Guess who is a college student who has put together a jobs website that culls from online listings to provide a concise listing of employment opportunities oriented toward our client population.  Here is the site:

Evan Mills will also give an update on the ARCH project.

We will also vote for a board officer positions.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Next Coalition Meeting

Dear Homeless and Poverty Coalition Members,

Our next Homeless and Poverty Coalition meeting will be next Thursday, May 7th at noon at the First Baptist Church,155 Pulaski Street.

Drew Hooks from Action Ministries and Jennifer Zwirn from the Downtown Athens Business Association and  Athens First Bank and Trust will be our speakers.  They are part of a committee that has been meeting about panhandling in downtown Athens and they will be presenting information from their survey and the panhandling roundtable discussions.

In addition we will be discussing upcoming board officer elections.

Hope to see everyone there!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Next Coalition Meeting March 5

Dear Homeless and Poverty Coalition Members,

Our next meeting will be on March 5th at noon at the First Baptist Church (355 Pulaski Street).
We will host a panel discussion about mental health care programs and resources.

Please send me any announcements that you would like to have printed on the schedule:

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Athens Sees a Downward Trend in Homelessness!

Later this week, Athens-Clarke County could see a three-year trend of declining numbers of homeless people, when the final numbers from Thursday’s point-in-time count, done by the Northeast Georgia Homeless and Poverty Coalition and other local groups and volunteers, are calculated. 
Last year, volunteers counted 249 homeless people, either living in shelters or in unsheltered situations, according to Samanta Carvalho, community development specialist with Athens-Clarke County’s Housing and Community Development Department.
“Last year, we counted fewer people than the previous year, but there was a snowstorm the day before the count (which might have skewed the numbers). The weather is milder this year, so if this year’s count is lower than 2014, we will see a three-year trend in reduced numbers of homeless in Athens,” Carvalho said.