Central in the City is a sub-committee of Ministry of Mission with two main purposes:
- Identifying ways that the congregation can engage the new growth in the area of the city near Central
- advocating among our neighbors for the congregation’s concerns about homelessness, affordable housing, the displacement of those experiencing poverty, and related concerns.
Our members take part in downtown neighborhood organizations like the Atlanta Downtown Neighborhood Association, Capitol Hill Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Central Atlanta Progress. We also support the Central Outreach and Advocacy Center, which provides identification and other services to people experiencing homelessness, and Hope House, a non-profit sponsor of supportive housing located a few blocks from the church.
In the future, we hope to perform local advocacy efforts aimed at increasing affordable housing and other services for people who are homeless. If you are interested in joining the committee, please contact Gary Cornell through our Realm Portal.
Updates from Central in The City
With the support of Central’s Session, members of the “Central in the City” group attended and advocated against the criminalization of homelessness at the Capitol last week.
Comprised of Central members Gary Cornell, Kristeen Sorrells, Jerry Miller and Lee Carroll, the group attended hearings related to a controversial proposed bill on Georgia’s response to homelessness which was shot down last session. The group of Centralites also offered insights to a study committee slated to offer its findings and propose new actions when the senate reconvenes in January 2023.
You may read a summary of the group’s work and a more in-depth analysis in a report provided by Lee Carroll below: