News Briefs: Double-deck Connector; BeltLine homes; food for kids

The Georgia Department of Transportation is thinking outside the usual “more roads” box to address issues on the Downtown Connector. According to a report in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, some of the more interesting ideas include double-decked roadways and tunnels running under the Connector.

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has increased the Area Median Income for the Atlanta area to $68,300. As a result, more homebuyers and homeowners may now qualify for assistance through the Atlanta BeltLine Housing Initiative Program (HIP). Applicants for the program must earn 80 percent or less than the area median income. The change raises the maximum household income requirements by approximately $2,000 to $3,000. Find out more at this link.

The City of Atlanta will take part in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. The federally funded program will ensure that low-income children in the city continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. The city will work closely with schools, churches, recreation centers, parks and camps to provide summer meals from June 1 through July 31.