The Municipal Court of Atlanta has created the Homeless Court Program, a focused expansion on the court’s In-Custody and Community Court Divisions. The program will be run daily through a collaboration of court divisions including Restore Atlanta. Similar to homeless courts operating in other parts of the country, the Municipal Court of Atlanta’s Homeless Court Program is based on the American Bar Association’s seven guiding principles for Homeless Courts, which include a combination of prescribed treatment, judicial monitoring, coordinated services, as well as enhanced communication among the various stakeholders. “We recognize that being mired in the criminal justice system is an obstacle to reclaiming your life and living lawfully,” said Chief Judge Portis. “We aim to see homeless individuals who are actively engaged in the court program return to the community, after treatment, as valued members.” In addition to aiding the homeless, the new court program will provide a range of support services to address commonly associated challenges such as mental illness and drug abuse. For more information, visit court.atlantaga.gov.
Southface Institute has received an additional grant from the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management’s Care and Conserve Plumbing and Repair Program (CCPRP), allowing the sustainability nonprofit to continue providing plumbing repairs to low- and moderate-income city residents over the next 18 months. CCPRP helps with residents’ plumbing problems and installs water-efficiency devices to lower bills and conserve water. The $950,000 grant comes from water and sewer revenue and is managed by the City’s Department of Watershed Management, who also awarded $1.2 million to Nehemiah Project Community Development for similar work.