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$1 million in grants to help residents of former Turner Field neighborhoods

By David Pendered

The sale of Turner Field provided a trust fund that this year is to award a total of $1 million to help 17 organizations deliver services to residents of the neighborhoods around the former Atlanta Braves ballpark.

A trust fund established with proceeds of the sale of Turner Field provided $1 million in grants awarded this week by the Atlanta City Council to programs intended to benefit residents of the stadium neighborhoods. File/Credit: Kelly Jordan

The grants range from a low of $9,600 to a high of $175,000

The lowest amount went to the PTA at the Barack and Michelle Obama Academy, to pay for student uniforms in the low-income area. The highest amount went to HouseProud, to help low-income households repair their residences and bring them into code compliance.

The 17 organizations were chosen by members of the Stadium Neighborhood Community Trust Fund at its Jan. 25 meeting. The Atlanta City Council approved the recommendations at its meeting Monday.

This round of grants adds to the $367,265 that previously have been awarded, according to papers that traveled with the legislation.

The trust was established during the heated discussion over the proposed sale of Turner Field to Georgia State University and its development partner, Carter.

Residents of neighborhoods near the stadium protested the sale, saying that their long-blighted area should get something from the conversion of the ballpark and its parking lots to a mixed use development targeted at the GSU community.

The trust is designated to benefit residents in the neighborhoods of Summerhill, Mechanicsville, Pittsburgh, Peoplestown and a portion of Grant Park.

The organizations, amounts and purpose of the grantees are:

  • Greening Youth Foundation, $119,890 – To help with job training and employment for low-income young adults;
  • HABESHA $51,628 – To engage youth in STEM education;
  • Mechanicsville Civic Association, $22,227 – To hold a “Mechanicsville Reunion Community Festival” to engage the community and provide information on available resources and networking opportunities;
  • Midtown Assistance Center $50,000 – to provide emergency rent and utility assistance for residents;
  • PCX GO! $25,000 – To engage and expose youth K-12 to careers in the sports industry;
  • Summerhill Community Ministries $25,000 – For a Teen Job Leadership program;
  • Organized Neighbors of Summerhill-Parks Committee $100,000 – To continue work on comprehensive parks development plan, “Parks of Summerhill Vision Plan;
  • Pittsburgh Collaborative $25,000 – To create programs related to health, art and music to enrich the residents of Pittsburgh;
  • Urban Oak Initiative $22,275 – For “Kids Can Cook”, project to bring hands-on cooking experiences to youth groups;
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers $100,000 – To expand their emergency assistance and outreach to prevent and reduce evictions:
  • Emmaus House $157,730 – To expand program to help overcome barriers to securing and maintaining stable housing;
  • Nicolas House $100,000 – To continue helping homeless families;
  • Mimi’s Yoga Kids, $25,000 – To teach up to 125 youngsters about yoga, mindfulness and meditation;
  • Barack & Michelle Obama Academy PTA $9,600 – To provide all students with one uniform and stock the uniform closet to meet emergency needs through the year;
  • Urban Advocate $25,000 – To work on ending gun violence in Mechanicsville through education and community engagement;
  • Community Care $10,000 – To work with youth and parents to build self-confidence and help them succeed;
  • HouseProud $175,000 – To support the completion of home repairs for low income residents, seniors and veterans.


David Pendered

David Pendered, Managing Editor, is an Atlanta journalist with more than 30 years experience reporting on the region’s urban affairs, from Atlanta City Hall to the state Capitol. Since 2008, he has written for print and digital publications, and advised on media and governmental affairs. Previously, he spent more than 26 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and won awards for his coverage of schools and urban development. David graduated from North Carolina State University and was a Western Knight Center Fellow.


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