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WEMC Posted 3/25

United Way of Greater Atlanta - Continues to have a diverse listing of resources. MORE >

Kroger has announced they will be opening from 7:00 til 8:00am Monday thru Thursday for Senior & Seasoned citizens 60 years and older beginning Monday 23 March.

APS in cooperation with the Atlanta Community Food Bank is providing the free groceries at 10 school sites from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Monday through Friday. One bag of groceries will be distributed at the following locations:
• Ralph Bunche Middle School | 1925 Niskey Lake Road
• Cleveland Avenue Elementary School | 2672 Old Hapeville Road
• Frederick Douglas High School | 225 Hamilton E. Holmes Drive
• Phoenix Academy | 256 Clifton Street
• Sylvan Hills Middle School | 1461 Sylvan Road
• Booker T. Washington High School | 45 Whitehouse Drive
• Hope Hill Elementary School | 112 Boulevard Avenue
• Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School | 545 Hill Street
• Thomasville Heights Elementary School | 1820 Henry Thomas Drive
• Jean Childs Young Middle School | 3116 Benjamin E. Mays Drive
For more details about APS food distribution MORE >

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has more than 50 sites for food distribution. APS does not manage the hours or service at these food distribution sites. Families should contact the food distribution sites directly for information about their hours, service, and any other requirements for food. To see the full list of food distribution sites through the Atlanta Community Food Bank.      MORE >

COMMUNITY

WEMC Posted 3/27

CENSUS DAY - April 1, 2020. - You Must BE COUNTED!
Now more than ever, your participation in the Census will help determine the level of federal funding our communities receive for the amenities that are so vital to our well-being; such as hospitals, roads, fire departments, schools, libraries, public parks and more. You should count yourself at the place where you are living and sleeping most of the time as of April 1, 2020 (Census Day).  VIEW Video >


3 Ways to Complete Your Census Information
ONLINE -  Go To >
BY PHONE - Call 844-330-2020.  
To Find a preferred language listing – Go To>
US MAIL - Census surveys are sent to each household.
AVOID SCAMS by email or phone contacts – During the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will never ask you for: • Your Social Security number. • Money or donations. • Anything on behalf of a political party. • Your bank or credit card account numbers.• Additionally, there is no citizenship question on the 2020 Census.

Who should be counted and where?
Count everyone living in your home including anyone—related or unrelated to you—who lives and sleeps at your home most of the time. Now more than ever, your participation in the Census will help determine the level of federal funding our communities receive for the amenities that are so vital to our well-being.


Be sure to count roommates, young children, newborns, and anyone who is renting a space in your home. If someone is staying in your home on April 1 and has no usual home elsewhere, you should count them in your response to the 2020 Census.

For some, this is straightforward.  But for others—including college students, service members, and people in health care facilities—may have questions about where they should count themselves or how they should respond. Other confusing circumstances include moving, having multiple residences, having no permanent address, living in a shelter, or living at a hotel or RV park. Learn More Info Go To >

MARTA SERVICE CHANGES and OPERATIONAL ADJUSTMENTS
Effective March 26 - MARTA adjusted operations to just essential transit service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The  following procedures are being implemented to protect  the health and wellness of employees while continuing to provide transit to patrons

  • Bus customers can only enter and exit using the rear doors, except for customers who require the accessibility ramp.  Because the Breeze farebox is located at the front door, MARTA is suspending fare collection on buses.

  • For customers transferring to and from the rail system, fares will be paid at the rail stations.

  • Public restrooms at low-utilization rail stations will be closed.  Public restrooms remaining open are located at College Park, Doraville, Five Points, H.E. Holmes, Indian Creek, Lindbergh, and North Springs rail stations.

 
Effective Monday, March 30 - MARTA will reduce bus service by approximately 30 percent.
• All bus routes will continue to operate, but with fewer buses on each route.

The exception will be on routes with the heaviest ridership; 15, 39, 5, 121, 196, 73, 110, 78, 83, and 89, which will have buses added to help with social distancing.

This plan prioritizes service along major arterial routes, medical facilities, and allows for weekday level bus service to essential businesses. 

  • MARTA is closing Mercedes-Benz/State Farm Arena/GWCC rail station due to extremely low ridership.

  • Rail service will operate on a weekend schedule beginning Monday, March 30, except for start time which will remain the regular weekday start time to complement bus service.  Red and Gold Line trains will go to the airport, and Green Line trains will turn back at King Memorial.

  • The streetcar will operate on a Sunday schedule

Update information www.itsmarta.com  MARTA’s On The Go app, @MARTASERVICE / Twitter, @MARTAtransit on Facebook, digital boards / announcements on buses, trains, and at rail stations.
Customer Care Center - 404-848-5000

Utility Assistance

  • Georgia Power suspends utility shut offs for 30 days

  • Atlanta Gas Light offers resources

  • Comcast offers free internet for low-income households, enables free Xfinity wifi hot spots around the county and has no disconnections or late fees for 60 days.

  • AT&T is not terminating any wireless, home phone or broadband service - Go To >

  • Charter Spectrum – no disconnects or late fees - Go To >

  • Sawnee EMC Go To >

Rent & Mortgage Assistance - The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to suspend evictions and foreclosures through April
Paid Sick Leave, Prescriptions & Insurance

  • Emergency Paid Sick Leave - Any employee who works for an employer is eligible.
    Full-time Employees – 80 hours of paid sick leave   /  Part-time Employees – Paid based on the average number of hours the employee worked for the six months prior to taking this paid sick leave

  • Expanded FMLA - https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/fmla/pandemic

  • GA Insurance Commissioner instructed insurers not to cancel health insurance policies of those who miss payments until further notice. https://www.oci.ga.gov/home.aspx

  • Prescriptions (Rx) can be renewed for 90 days and obtain early refills.

Drivers License & Tag Renewals
Driver’s license expiration deadlines are extended 60 days: https://dds.georgia.gov/
Tag renews are extended to 5/15: https://dor.georgia.gov/vehicle-registration-renewal-faq

Principal Designer - Myrna Fuller