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On Monday, the first day of early voting in the state of Georgia, the 15-passenger vans were deployed in nine counties in metro Atlanta to ensure everyone who wants to vote can get to the polls for free.
Officials said the fleet will be deployed from the House of Hope Atlanta Church in Decatur every day at 8 a.m. and continuing until the polls close each day. Voters can request a ride by going to www.naca.com or calling 888-495-6222.
“This single campaign will provide total coverage for everyone in Metro Atlanta,” explained Bruce Marks, the founder, and CEO of NACA. “This has never been done before in Georgia history and will make sure many who find themselves disenfranchised because they simply have no means to cast their ballot in person will now have safe secure transportation to take advantage of their rights and meet their obligation as an American citizen.”
NACA is a non-profit, community advocacy and homeownership organization with the primary goal of building strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership.
NACA also launched a similar voter mobilization campaign in Houston and San Antonio this week. Additionally, the organization hosted voter registration and voter verification campaigns through its digital platforms earlier this year.
“The Roll to the Polls campaign will ensure that thousands of Atlanta area voters who otherwise might not have the opportunity can exercise their right to vote and have their voices heard,” Marks said.
According to Marks, comprehensive safety measures are being taken to put people at ease. Vans will be equipped with PPE, sanitizer and disinfectant.
“The vans will be fully stocked with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to ensure passengers remain safe from the Coronavirus and proper social distancing measures will be in effect for all passengers, drivers and staff,” a spokesperson said.
NACA and the House of Hope Atlanta have been joined by a diverse coalition of organizations and companies to make the campaign a reality.
They include the DeKalb County NAACP, Power of Praying Women Collective, Jackson Protection Agency, DAP Signs, Trusted Care, D & A Transportation Services, Community Social Justice Atlanta, The Victory Group, Mentoring Exceptional Leaders, T.G.I. Friday’s, Fat Sisters, Bojangles, Ben & Jerry’s, and others.
NACA is the largest housing services organization in the country and is rapidly expanding by growing its existing 30+ offices, headquartered in Boston, opening many new offices nationwide, and expanding the services it offers its membership.
Since its inception, NACA has been on the forefront in fighting predatory lending and has been the most effective organization in providing affordable solutions to over 250,000 homeowners, according to Marks.
“So organizations either are a service organization where they provide a service or they’re an advocacy organization,” Marks said. “And the two are not often combined as one. So if you are an advocacy organization and one is effective and there’s a number of good advocacy organizations, but when you win, then the results are, well, you got to turn it over to somebody else or to the lender who you’ve been campaigning against to, for them to do the right thing, which invariably they don’t.
“We have an understanding that we want to be respected for the operations that we do day to day operations and getting people into affordable homeownership and other services counseling,” he continued. “But we want to be feared as well for the advocacy and if they don’t do the right thing, we’re going to hold them accountable. We’re going to go after them wholeheartedly, and we’re going to hold their CEOs personally responsible for their actions.”
Started in 1988, NACA has a tremendous track record of successful advocacy against predatory and discriminatory lenders as well as providing the best mortgage program in America with $10 billion in funding commitments. The organization’s confrontational community organizing and unprecedented mortgage program have set the national standard for assisting low- and moderate-income people to achieve the dream of homeownership.