Early last year, we brought our flagship Neighbor to Neighbor outreach program to Atlanta. Our mission was to connect residents to resources aimed at preventing displacement while also increasing livability. These resources included property tax assistance, down payment or closing cost assistance, legal representation to avoid displacement, and more.
Over the past few months, Neighbor to Neighbor canvassers have been going door-to-door to distribute this information to Atlanta residents at risk of property tax foreclosure and other types of displacement. Canvassing lead Tron Banks said the work is critical for senior citizens, especially, as they often miss out on opportunities for critical repairs and property tax assistance, such as the Legacy Resident Retention Program simply because they’re unaware of the resources available. Some canvassers, like Yoke Israel, have years of experience doing this type of outreach but feel uniquely connected to mission of Neighbor to Neighbor. “I get to speak directly to the communities’ concerns… and help direct them to the help they need,” he said.
We’re looking forward to seeing the impact of Neighbor to Neighbor in Atlanta, as well as the data we collect from our outreach efforts The data collected from our Detroit program has helped inform and expand our housing stability strategy since we began canvassing back in 2017.
Watch the video below to learn more about the people behind our Atlanta door-to-door outreach.