Closer Look: Innovative Housing Summit; Affordable Housing Task Force; And More

(Left to Right) James Alexander, president of Mercy Housing Southeast, Terri Lee, deputy commissioner of the City of Atlanta, and Frank Fernandez, vice president of Community Development for the Arthur M. Blank Foundation joins Rose Scott to discuss housing affordability in Atlanta.
(Left to Right) James Alexander, president of Mercy Housing Southeast, Terri Lee, deputy commissioner of the City of Atlanta, and Frank Fernandez, vice president of Community Development for the Arthur M. Blank Foundation joins Rose Scott to discuss housing affordability in Atlanta.
Credit Grace Walker

Tuesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

  • 0:00: The HouseATL Taskforce formed this year to address affordable housing in the city of Atlanta. Earlier this month, members of the taskforce have released their preliminary recommendations, including a $1 billion investment in housing. We speak to members of the taskforce about these recommendations, as well as their takeaways from a recent taskforce trip to Seattle.
  • 26:21: Pride School Atlanta is officially closing down two years after it first opened for financial reasons and low enrollment.  Christian Zsilavetz, the cofounder and director of community outreach, joins us in the studio to discuss the announcement.
Christian Zsilavetz was the co-founder of Atlanta Pride School, which recently announced it will close. Photo credit: Grace Walker
  • 39:30: The first Innovative Housing Summit aims to bring together visionaries, policymakers and professionals from the southeast and from various industry sectors to explore innovative housing trends and options as a response to growing demand for more environmentally friendly middle housing in Atlanta and the South. We speak with Will Johnston, executive director of MicroLife Institute (formerly known as Tiny House), and Wanona Satcher, CEO and founder of ReJuve and Makhers Studio, LLC.
Will Johnston, executive director of Microlife Institute, and Wanona Satcher, CEO and founder of ReJuve and Makhers Studio, LLC, discuss the demand for more environmentally friendly affordable housing. Photo credit: Grace Walker

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