Closer Look: Advocates Seek Answers for Housing Program; Sara J. González Park Rededication; And More

Devin Barrington-Ward, founder and managing director of Social Justice League, and Toni-Michelle Williams, director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co.), talk about the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program on today's "Closer Look."
Devin Barrington-Ward, founder and managing director of Social Justice League, and Toni-Michelle Williams, director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co.), talk about the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program on today's "Closer Look."
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Monday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how it’s too early to tell how much of an impact tropical storm Michael will have on this region. Hurricane and tropical storm watches are now in effect for portions of the Gulf Coast and, right now the brunt of the storm is expected to move through central Georgia.
  • In other news, the Atlanta Braves live to play another game. Down two games to none in their National League Divisional series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Braves won 6-5. Will this energize the team heading into tonight’s game? We hear from Nubyjas Wilborn, Braves reporter for the Marietta Daily Journal.
  • 7:18: The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program, better known as HOPWA, is a federally-funded program that provides housing solutions for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. The federal money for this housing program is now under scrutiny, due to claims that the City of Atlanta is slow in distributing the funds to local agencies. We speak with Devin Barrington-Ward, founder and managing director of Social Justice League; and Toni-Michelle Williams, director of Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative (SNaP Co.).
  • 26:09: Over the weekend, and by a narrow margin, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. We hear reaction and analysis from Lori Ringhand, professor of law at the University of Georgia.
  • 40:44: Tuesday, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will lead the rededication of a park on Atlanta’s west side. The park is named after Sara J. González, an Atlanta woman who advocated for immigrant communities in Georgia and across the Southeast. It is the first park in Georgia to be named after a Hispanic person. We’re joined by the daughter of the late Sara González, Isabel González Whitaker, who has led the charge to rename, renovate and rededicate the park in her mother’s memory.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.