Norcross officials will release the results of a report looking at the city’s extendent stay motel resident population — the first such report for any city in Gwinnett County — later this month.
The city, through its LiveNorcross Initiative, is scheduled to release its findings on the homeless and precariously housed population at 6:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center, which is located at 10 College St.
“Like in many other cities across metro Atlanta, there are limited residential options for working and middle-class families in Norcross,” organizers of the presentation event said in a media advisory. “A defining feature of the housing landscape in this city of 17,000 is that it is dotted with extended-stay motels, and most of these are home to families and elderly individuals.”
Mayor Craig Newton, LiveNorcross members and other community stakeholders are expected to participate in the presentation of the findings.
The LiveNorcross effort has been working for months to complete a survey of people who live in extended stay motels located in the city and compile the information gathered from the surveys. As efforts in the county to address homelessness begin to rise, including the Home First Gwinnett effort at is a partnership between the county government and the United Way, Norcross has been taking its own steps to address the issue.
LiveNorcross talked to residents, including families and senior citizens, who lived in nine extended stay motels in Norcross as part of their survey.
Isakson joins bipartisan effort to get tax relief for ‘gold star’ familiesU.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., was part of a bipartisan group of 28 senators who co-introduced a bill to provide help to families of deceased military service members deal with taxes that went up because of tax reforms passed by Congress in 2017.
The Gold Star Family Tax Relief Act was filed Wednesday. Gold star families are families of military serviceman and woman who died in service, with the “gold star” name coming from banners that were hung in the windows of homes belonging to families who had a member serving in the military in the 20th century. The banners had one star for every family member serving in the military. Each time one of those family members died, a star was changed to gold.
Isakson said tax increases that gold star families experienced after tax reforms went into effect were unintended.
“When Congress sought to ensure that the tax code retained existing benefits for children who have lost a parent serving in the military, an unintended consequence resulted in higher taxes on the death-related benefits to military families,” said Isakson said. “We must fix this issue without delay. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been an overwhelming success for hardworking Americans.
“As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees tax policy, as well as the chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I’m proud to support this legislation to correct an oversight for our Gold Star families.”
Johnson hosting resource fair MondayU.S. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., will try to help pair up residents of his district with resources they need to get a job or make career advancements this week.
The congressman will hold his 2019 Resources Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, which is located at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.
The event will include a panel discussion titled “How to do business with the television and film industry.” The Urban League of Great Atlanta, the Housing Authority of DeKalb County and the U.S. Veterans Administration are expected to provide information on assistance programs during the event, according to the congressman’s office.
Johnson’s office also said several employers — a sampling of which includes AT&T, Goodwill, Pandora Music and Southern Mechanical Contractors — will accept resumes at the fair as well.