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Dickens Replaces Majority of Atlanta Housing Authority Board After Complaints

Your AM Rundown: Plus, Quavo partners with a local nonprofit organization to provide some big hunchos to help Black single mothers in Atlanta this summer!

Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, seen in January, announced the changes at the Atlanta Housing Authority after weeks of public complaints regarding the effectiveness of the board. (Sudhin S. Thanawala/Associated Press)

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Here’s what to know for today: 

  • Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced Monday that the city is parting ways with several board members who were overseeing the Atlanta Housing Authority, the city’s governing body for affordable, subsidized housing. Resignations were accepted from AHA board Chair Christopher R. Edwards, Vice Chair Kirk Rich, Pat D. Dixon Jr., and Robert Highsmith Jr. The news comes after public complaints about the board’s effectiveness in addressing Atlanta’s rising housing costs. In their place, Dickens has appointed Duriya Farooqui, Doug Hooker, Sarah Kirsch, and Larry Stewart. 
  • DeKalb County officials are exploring ways to promote community-based  violence prevention programs. The Board of Commissioners was presented with a resolution Tuesday that would allow the county to allocate $1 million for such programs and will vote on it in the coming weeks. 
  • The push to redevelop the former site of the Bowen Homes public housing community in Atlanta’s Westside is back on the agenda. The Atlanta Housing Authority issued another request for proposals from developers interested in taking on the 74-acre lot that has been vacant since 2009. The project was placed on hold for nearly three months as the city shifted its focus to an unrelated legal dispute.
  • The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously to erect two remembrance markers at the site of the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre. In September 1906, a mob of more than 5,000 white men and boys burned and destroyed homes and businesses in Atlanta’s predominantly Black neighborhoods. At least 25 Black citizens are confirmed to have died by lynching during the riot.

ICYMI: Atlanta rapper Quavo of the three-artist group The Migos has partnered with The Tender Foundation to pilot a guaranteed-income program for single Black mothers in Atlanta this coming summer. The Bridge program will give at least 20 eligible mothers a $500 monthly grant for 12 months. 

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