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Volunteers Wanted for 2019 DeKalb County Homeless Count

On the night of Thursday, January 24, 2019, please join other community volunteers in conducting a street count and survey of homeless persons in DeKalb County. Help us to understand the scope of homelessness in our community.

We must gather accurate data on our homeless population to track the success of local efforts to end homelessness. By complying with the federal requirement to conduct a biennial homeless census, our community can receive over $5 million annually in federal funding for homeless services and housing.

YOU COUNT so THEY COUNT!  To sign up, click on the register button. Please choose an area of the community that you would like to count.

North DeKalb County – deploy from Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)

East DeKalb County – deploy from Salvation Army Peachcrest

West DeKalb County – deploy from South DeKalb Senior Center

Then select the number of tickets needed. To complete registration, provide the required information.

FAQs:  What if the weather is bad on count night? Postponement only occurs in an extreme weather situation where people are unable to drive such as a snow or ice storm. In the past, counts have still taken place on rainy nights and during cold weather. A decision will be made by 10 a.m. on the morning of the count as to whether the homeless census is re-scheduled. You will be notified of the change in date via email and it will be posted on the DeKalb County website. Therefore, it is important for you to be committed to both count dates. The bad weather back up date is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

How do I get assigned to an enumeration team? You are assigned to a team at your deployment site location. We try to place friends, co-workers or group members in the same car but we cannot guarantee it. The teams are comprised of three to four community volunteers.

Driver (must have valid driver’s license and insurance)

Navigator (map reader)

Recorder (via cell phone – needs to be fully charged and bring car charger)

Guide (experience working with homeless persons)

What is the unsheltered count methodology?

The assigned enumeration team drives around a designated area of DeKalb County. The team approaches any identified homeless person if location is safe to ask a series of questions regarding demographics and homeless history via mobile phone app.

What can I bring into the event? You can bring toiletry bags, bottled water and pre-packaged foods to hand out to homeless persons encountered. Please do not bring any valuables to the deployment site location.

Is there a minimum age requirement to enter the event? If under age 18, you need to be accompanied with a parent or guardian. If with a teacher, you need signed consent from parent or guardian.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? If you have any questions, please contact Josie Parker Batchelor, Ph.D., Project Manager, at 404-371-2689 or jpbatchelor@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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County Contractors Deploy Additional Resources for SPLOST Paving Program

DECATUR, Ga. – For the first time, four paving crews are simultaneously deployed around DeKalb addressing its worst roads through the special option local sales tax (SPLOST) program.

The roads currently under construction include Indian Manor Drive, Brafferton Court, Fox Valley Lane and Hairston Place. Since paving began in late September 2018, crews have completed almost seven miles of resurfacing. Road resurfacing is heavily weather dependent and may pause due to cold or rainy weather.

To date, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has approved SPLOST funding for the first 100 miles of the worst roads in DeKalb.

In September 2018, the county kicked off the first round of SPLOST repaving projects by initiating the paving of 25 miles of roads utilizing Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grants and matching SPLOST funding.

That same month, the Board of Commissioners approved a second phase of paving encompassing 75 miles with $34 million of SPLOST funding.

Contracts were awarded to Pittman Construction and C.W. Matthews Contracting Company Inc.

These first two projects account for approximately a third of the 300 miles where contractor crews will patch, mill, level and resurface county streets using SPLOST monies.

DeKalb County will receive an estimated $388 million in SPLOST revenue over the next six years to improve county roads, infrastructure, libraries, parks and public safety. For more information about DeKalb County SPLOST, visit www.dekalbsplost.com.

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DeKalb Announces Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Residential Sanitation Collection Schedule

DECATUR, Ga. – In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings collection for residential customers will run one day late through Friday.

The revised collection schedule is:

Monday, Jan. 21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day observed. No sanitation collection service.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Monday, Jan. 21, will be serviced on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Tuesday, Jan. 22, will be serviced on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Thursday, Jan. 24 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Wednesday, Jan. 23, will be serviced on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Friday, Jan. 25 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday, Jan. 24, will be serviced on Friday, Jan. 25.

The Sanitation Division’s administrative office, North Transfer Station and Seminole Road Landfill will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, and will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, during normal operating hours.

For more information, contact the Sanitation Division’s customer service team at 404-294-2900 or sanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov, visit www.dekalbsanitation.com, or follow the Sanitation Division on Twitter @DKalbSanitation.

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DeKalb County Public Library Named Library of the Year 2018

DeKalb County Public Library Named Library of the Year

DECATUR, Ga. – The Georgia Public Library Service has named the DeKalb County Public Library as Georgia’s Public Library of the Year. DeKalb was recognized for offering public programming that embraces the county’s diverse community.

“DeKalb County is extremely proud of our public library system and the critical role it plays in promoting lifelong learning,” said CEO Michael Thurmond. “Under the outstanding leadership of the Library Board of Trustees, Library Director Alison Weissinger and her staff, the county provides exceptional services, programs and resources to our residents.”

In 2018, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved CEO Thurmond’s budget increasing funding for libraries by $2.2 million. County leadership also raised the minimum wage to $14 an hour, affecting 90 library employees.

“DeKalb County Public Library is a system of individual library locations serving diverse interests and needs,” said Director Weissinger. “We created the Read More Campaign to coalesce all 22 library locations under a common goal of promotion, outreach and unity.”

The campaign included promotional items such as Read More staff t-shirts, car magnets and signage, as well as integrated outreach efforts. The slogan “Read More. Think More. Play More. Make More. Get More.” highlights the many ways the community can engage with the library.

Additional innovative efforts included:

PRIME TIME Preschool: Introduced children ages 3-4 to literature through storytelling techniques and playtime led by trained facilitators.

Fine Free Summer:  Exempted all overdue juvenile materials from overdue fees from June to September 2018. The program encouraged parents and children to check out books to prevent summer learning loss.

Human Library Project: Involved human “books” sharing life experiences with participants in one-on-one conversations.

DeKalb County Public Library also hosts the Georgia Center for the Book, one of the library’s most visible and popular programs. The program was created to preserve Georgia’s rich literary heritage by providing free author talks and sponsoring other literary engagement events such as the annual list of 10 Books All Georgians Should Read and the Book as Art exhibits.

The Public Library of the Year Award is one of five annual Georgia Public Library Awards, honoring the outstanding service and achievements of Georgia’s public libraries, librarians and advocates during the past year. For more information, visit www.georgialibraries.org.

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