Attainable housing. Inclusive housing. Affordable housing. What does it all mean? And then there’s accessible housing and workforce housing. These days it seems like we are beset by a myriad of adjectives when it comes to housing. At the same time, we are all aware that housing prices are soaring within the city limits of Decatur. People on fixed incomes and others of limited means are being forced to move further and further away from their jobs, life-long communities, and the amenities of the city. People with disabilities seeking comfortable housing are finding fewer options, or no options at all.
The same thing is happening to many other in-town cities and neighborhoods in metro-Atlanta. Are these trends inevitable? Can ordinary citizens make a difference? For some answers, come to a three-part, brown-bag series after worship three Sundays in March. We will sort out the terminology and look at concrete proposals for how the trends can be reversed. Because of the possible redevelopment of the East Lake MARTA Station and the City of Decatur’s planning process for the former United Methodist Children’s Home property, we will look at some examples in Decatur, but the issue is much bigger than Decatur.
Affordable housing should concern all members of this covenant community as we look once again at how we minister to those in our neighborhood and beyond.
All three sessions will be immediately after worship and last until 1:45 p.m. in the Prayer Meeting Room.
- Sunday, March 4: Members of the Coalition for a Diverse Decatur will present the PowerPoint that was developed for our own training and presented on Tuesday, January 30.
- Sunday, March 18: Friends from Better Living Together, one of the groups in the Coalition, will share some visions and concrete proposals for the UMCH property. Better Living Together is particularly concerned about options for inclusive housing for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- Sunday, March 25: A discussion on next steps for our congregation in light of what we have learned.
For more information, contact Mark Reeve at 404-358-1395 or mark@ML1945.com.