News Briefs: Morehouse breaks ground; Woodruff Park free WiFi; housing the homeless

At the Morehouse groundbreaking: Atlanta City Council member Cleta Winslow, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, MSM President Valerie Montgomery Rice, Art Collins, Scott Taylor from Carter, and SGA President Mary McNair

The Morehouse School of Medicine has broken ground on a $50 million, 7.2-acre mixed-use campus development. The project will be constructed in three-phases. Plans for Phase 1 include approximately 200 units of market rate multi-family housing, a 25,000 square foot medical office building, a 9,000 square foot wellness center, 2,500 square feet of retail space and a 4-level parking deck on the corner of Lee Street and Westview Drive, just west of MSM. Construction is scheduled for completion in time for the fall 2020 semester.

Woodruff Park in Downtown now has free WiFi thanks to a partnership with Georgia’s Own Credit Union and 100 Peachtree and funding from the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant. Park patrons will now be able to enjoy connectivity that operates at the fastest available speed, 100 Mbps.

The City of Atlanta and Atlanta Housing have announced a new partnership to develop 550 permanent supportive housing units through the HUD-funded initiative HomeFirst. This collaboration also involves Invest Atlanta, the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness, and Partners for HOME, a public–private entity commissioned by the City to proactively manage the continuum of care for Atlanta’s homeless population. The HomeFirst initiative, which will be administered by Partners for HOME, builds on the $50 million investment unveiled in 2017 and focuses on assisting the chronically homeless through permanent placement and project-based rental subsidies. Additionally, the grant funds support services including behavioral health, skill development and social connectivity. For eligibility standards and development requirements, visit https://partnersforhome.org/pshpipline/

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