FCS Mid-Year Update

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Focused Community Strategies Announces Mid-Year Successes Highlights include new developments in Historic South Atlanta neighborhood

ATLANTA – July 1, 2015 – Focused Community Strategies (FCS), the Atlanta-based nonprofit transforming underserved neighborhoods to flourishing communities, continues to focus its revitalization efforts in Historic South Atlanta. To that end, in the first half of 2015, the organization's successes include the following:

  • Celebrated the Saturday, May 16 grand opening of the Carver Neighborhood Market, an endeavor that provides access to fresh, healthy and affordable food and thereby alleviates South Atlanta’s food desert crisis
  • Reflected on the success of Charis Community Housing’s safe and self-sustaining mixed income housing in Historic South Atlanta that has impacted 119 properties, totaling 22 percent of the community’s housing stock
  • Filmed a national TV segment featuring FCS and its efforts in the Historic South Atlanta community for PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly that will air locally in Georgia on Sunday, July 5 at 3 p.m. EST
  • Received a $45,000 grant from The Community Foundation that will be put toward optimizing FCS’ internal operations
  • Received a $2,000 grant from the Atlanta Cycling Festival for the Carver Neighborhood Market to provide a local groceries bike delivery service with youth participants of the South Atlanta Bike Shop, a community development program empowered by FCS
  • Announced the July 7 on-sale date for Charity Detox, FCS Founder Bob Lupton’s sequel to the acclaimed Toxic Charity

Moving into the second half of 2015, FCS plans to:

  • Hire a Director of Training and Education who will focus on improving and enlarging FCS’ training footprint via open house events, Toxic Charity workshops and economic development efforts
  • Complete its first comprehensive neighborhood assessment of Historic South Atlanta and meet with neighborhood leaders to plan for the 2015 – 2016 development

“FCS is genuinely excited about the work going on in Historic South Atlanta,” said Jim Wehner, president of FCS. “The Carver Neighborhood Market has made the corner of McDonough Boulevard and Jonesboro Road even more vibrant, and we continue to add to the viability of the neighborhood through quality mixed-income housing.  It is becoming a truly great place to live in Atlanta, and we see the strength of the community growing as our momentum continues.”

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