Brookhaven, GA, September 14, 2016 – The Post Reports – Brookhaven City Councilmembers named thirteen volunteers to a newly formed Affordable Housing Task Force. Mayor John Ernst said this new Task Force is extremely important for Brookhaven and deals with an extremely important issue. He said the City is taking this issue seriously and will strive to make the Task Force a long-standing one.
“This important Task Force will help Brookhaven combat the problem of Affordable Housing that is a region-wide, state-wide and nationwide issue,” Ernst said. “I hope we can add to the dialog and come up with some solutions.”
The Task Force of volunteers are:
- David Schaefer (Chairperson), Director of Policy and Advocacy, Latin American Association
- Rev. Hace Cargo, Assistant Pastor, Brookhaven Presbyterian Church
- Rev. David Park, Lead Pastor, Open Table Community
- P. “Pete” Walker, Jr., President and CEO, Housing Authority of DeKalb County
- Gail Williams, Executive Director, Metro Fair Housing Services
- Penny Moceri, Director of Government Affairs, Atlanta Apartment Association
- David Ellis, Executive Vice President, Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association
- Shelly Simmons, Chief Executive Officer, Statewide Independent Living Council
- Sarah Brechin, Program Coordinator, Center for Pan Asian Community Services
- Barbara Shaw
- Rev. Mac Broughton, Turning Point Ministries
- Marian Liou
- Jennifer Owens
Back in June, a group of thirteen religious leaders from nine congregations in the City of Brookhaven appealed to the City to consider the impact of “gentrification” and the ramifications of “unabated” development, via a letter they sent to City Leaders.
Pastor Zachary Bradley, who ministers at Brookhaven Presbyterian Church, told Councilmembers the Brookhaven Clergy is concerned about what rapid increases in the cost of housing is doing to members of the community. He said many members of local congregations who have lived in Brookhaven for a long time, have been effectively displaced.
The Resolution creating the Task Force explains it will function under the direction of the City Manager, and the leadership of the Chairman, to identify, and recommend to the City Council such legislation, policies, or other appropriate action to support and enhance work force and affordable housing within the City of Brookhaven.
Councilwoman Linley Jones said the Council is very optimistic the Task Force will bring forward ideas and proposals, and the City will provide any support necessary during this process.
City Manager Christian Sigman said after a few administrative items are completed, the Task Force will get to work.