Community Advocacy in Atlanta

Community Advocacy in Atlanta 2016-12-16T12:58:21+00:00
20161213_173516December 15, 2016 by Shyronn Jones, PWN-USA Georgia Strategic Communications Action Team Rep On December 13, 2016, I attended a meet-and-greet with Atlanta Mayoral Candidate and Current President of the Atlanta City Council Ceasar Mitchell. This event was held at the Phillip Rush Center, in which, houses office space, meeting and training rooms for Atlanta groups whose mission or activities advance LGBT rights and understanding. The discussions centered on an inclusive vision for Atlanta and the role community activist can play in shaping the future of Atlanta. Also in the race to become Atlanta’s next Mayor are Georgia State Senator Vincent Fort, City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms, City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, former City Councilwoman Cathy Woolard, Ex- City Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman and Current Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Aide- Michael T. Sterling. For more information on Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell, contact: City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell Atlanta City Hall 55 Trinity Ave, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30303-3584 Main Phone: (404) 330-6052 Fax: (404) 658-6454

Georgia’s largest facilitator of emergency and transitional housing for people living with HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee held an HIV Housing Community Feedback Forum, also on December 13. The Living Room serves as Atlanta’s centralized intake, housing information and referral agency.  They assist over 1,500 individuals each year and make a significant impression in many lives. The event fostered an environment to hear former/current Living Room clients and community members’ experiences of trying to achieve stable housing through the Living Room and other providers. I attended, as well as City of Atlanta Lead Management Analyst/Director of HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS), Positive Impact Health Centers staff, and a multitude of Living Room staff, clients and community members. The Living Room Advocacy Committee will process the information into key points and use it to advocate for improved housing access.

I spoke on my experiences as a housing specialist in Albany, NY, and my recent housing intake at the Living Room. I recommended improvements with the coordination of required medical documentation. I suggested they directly send medical forms to the providers, instead of physically giving forms to applicants.

I told them how I immediately took the medical forms directly to medical provider, called my medical provider every 3 days and physically went to the clinic every week. Unfortunately, it took over a month for my medical verification forms to be completed (and application for permanent submitted).

For more information on the Living Room Advisory Committee contact:

Living Room Emily Halden Brown, Chair of Advocacy Committee, Member of the Board of Directors cell: (734) 635-2483 341 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30308

Phone number:  404.616.5743

Appointment Line: 404.382.8991

Fax number:  404.616.8605