This was a productive year for our Policy team in the Southeast.

It began with significant wins during Georgia’s legislative session through our successful advocacy against House Bill 713, which proposed to criminalize encampments and divert federal funding away from our state’s unhoused population. 

We’ve continued to support programming for property owners and tenants who faced unprecedented challenges due to economic shocks caused by the Covid-19 pandemic by championing for funding to remediate rental arrears and prevent evictions. 

We're also very excited about our work to establish a House Study Committee in the Georgia Legislature on childhood lead exposure.

We were able to elevate the great work in our Ohio market as a best practice and provide testimony on Cleveland’s Lead Safe Coalition which could create safer environments and better outcomes for Georgia’s children.

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Emily Lundgard testifying before the Georgia House Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure about the structure and impact of Cleveland’s Lead Safe Coalition. 
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Elizabeth Appley, Government Affairs Consultant, testifying before the Georgia House Study Committee on Childhood Lead Exposure about the need for lead exposure interventions to create safe spaces for children.