The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission last night gave unanimous approval to a new mask mandate for Athens-Clarke County, making ACC the third major municipality in the state to enact such a mandate in the face of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases.

Located next door to the Clarke County Board of Elections, the Costa Building has been, among other things, an ice cream factory and a police station.
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The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission meet Tuesday for a special session where lawmakers are expected to approve the county’s budget, but that isn't the only major item in front of the Commission this week.

While the county’s $271.5 million dollar budget is the biggest item on the agenda, at least in financial terms, Commissioners will also be considering a resolution addressing homelessness in the community.

Earlier this week District 5 Commissioner Tim Denson sat down with Chris Shupe to discuss Project RESET, a potential eviction avoidance program for Athens. This is their conversation.  The full Commission meeting from Tuesday can be found here

Gwen Littleton is a neighborhood leader with Family Connection – Communities in Schools, and in that role, finds herself on the front lines of the housing crisis. She joins Alexia Ridley to discuss her own experience with housing insecurity and how it influences her role as a Neighborhood Leader with FC-CIS.

Nonprofits that were already struggling to provide services for homeless and housing insecure people in Athens were dealt another challenge this spring – how to care for their clients in the midst of a pandemic and a faltering economy.