Thursday, November 13, 2008

Atlantans Still Facing Aftermath of March Tornados

Eight months after a tornado tore through the heart of Atlanta, volunteers will pick up hammers and nails to repair work one of the last homes damaged in the city’s eastern neighborhood.

Atlanta City Councilmembers Natalyn Archibong and Mary Norwood will join dozens of volunteers in finishing the repairs to 1427 Glenwood Avenue on Saturday, November 15.

A press conference will take place at 10:30 a.m. at the site, during which event organizers will also announce the 2008 Neighborhood Housing Coalition’s Home for the Holiday’s Campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of activities that are taking place in metro Atlanta that are helping people get in their homes, stay in their homes (avoid foreclosure) and impact public safety issues in our neighborhoods and communities.

The community effort is in collaboration with the Fuller Center for Housing, Charitable Connections, Atlanta Christian College Operation Restoration, Inc., The International Campaign for Victory Over Violence, Inc. and the Neighborhood Housing Coalition.

“We are pleased that so many community organizations have come together to help those still struggling to rebuild,” said Councilwoman Norwood. “Although many homeowners have recovered from the tornado, the reality is that there are others who haven’t.”

In the weeks following the March 14th twister, volunteers repaired dozens of houses, removed tons of debris, and hauled away fallen trees in several neighborhoods all across the city. But current economic conditions have made it next to impossible for some homeowners to completely finish and some cases, start repairing damage to their homes and property.

“Although it’s been eight months since the horrific March 14th tornado, there are still families who have not been able to afford to repair their homes,” said Councilwoman Archibong. “Sadly, the Nash family has been displaced since the night of the tornado and this effort will ensure that they will be able to return home soon.”

For more information, contact Michelle Uchiyama of Charitable Connections, Inc. at (404) 274-2406.
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