Metro Digest: Mayor Kasim Reed Announces Milestone in 100,000 Homes Campaign 2013 100-Day Challenge

Compiled by Titus Falodun Staff Writer | 8/2/2013, 2 p.m.

ATLANTA— This week, Mayor Kasim Reed announced a milestone in the city’s efforts to end chronic homelessness. As part of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign 100-Day Challenge, Atlanta assisted 320 chronically homeless people and their family members with moving into permanent housing. 

Of the 320 chronically homeless individuals and families housed, 222 were connected to permanent housing with long-term services, including 66 members of military veteran households. 

During the 100-day challenge, participating agencies launched a streamlined model for moving chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing. Many of those housed were identified through a volunteer-driven homeless registry launched in January to help community service providers identify individuals with the highest health vulnerability, matching them with housing and service resources appropriate to their individual needs.

Permanent supportive housing is a nationally proven, cost-effective intervention for chronic homelessness. Studies across the country have shown that the costs of providing permanent housing are significantly lower than the public costs associated with chronically homeless people cycling through emergency shelters, emergency rooms and the criminal justice system.

Parent Rally and Back-to-school Workshops  

CLARKSTON — Georgia Piedmont Technical College is the host site for a parent rally and back to school boot camp on Saturday, August 3.

 The rally is scheduled to run from 9:30 to 10:50 a.m. And the workshops are scheduled to run from 10:50 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 The NAACP DeKalb County Branch Education Committee, in partnership with The NU Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Education Committee invite people to register for the event at: https://unlimited06.wufoo.com/forms/naacp-and-dekalb-alphas-back-to-school-boot-camp/

‘Many Faces One Dream’ Tour Coming to Atlanta

ATLANTA– The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Georgia District Office and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), the nation’s leading Black lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, will host an economic empowerment conference for communities of color at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis August 11-13, 2013.

Atlanta is one of 13 major cities throughout the country that will host the tour.  To learn more about the tour visit: http://nbjc.org/many-faces-one-dream-press-release.

To learn more about the SBA programs and services visit www.sba.gov/ga.

To register for MFOD Atlanta click here. (http://nbjc.org/many-faces-one-dream-registration.

Southern Regional Medical Center’s Foundation Set to Host Annual Black-tie Fundraising Gala

RIVERDALE — Southern Regional Medical Center’s Foundation readies its annual black-tie fund-raising gala, themed, “The Jewel of the Southern Crescent.”

The gala returns to The Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Ballroom, located at 225 Baker Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30313 on Saturday, August 24.

The event will feature a live band, raffle and silent auction, dinner from Wolfgang Puck Catering, and the presentation of the first annual Timber Crissey Service Award. Tickets for the event are $200 and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Last year’s event garnered $123,000 in net proceeds for the hospital and was attended by over 400 guests including a few members of SRMC’s affiliate partner, Emory Healthcare.

The Crescent Ball is the foundation’s largest fund-raiser of the year and celebrates the lives saved at Southern Regional with the use of advanced medical technology purchased with the help of SRMC Foundation donors.