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On Monday, the first day of early voting in the state of Georgia, the 15-passenger vans were deployed to nine metro Atlanta counties to ensure that everyone who wants to vote can get to the polls for free.
Officials said the fleet will deploy from the House of Hope Atlanta church in Decatur daily at 8 a.m. and continue until the polls close each day. Voters can request a race by going to www.naca.com or by calling 888-495-6222.
“This unique campaign will provide full coverage to everyone in the Atlanta metro area,” said Bruce Marks, NACA Founder and CEO. “This has never been done before in the history of Georgia and will ensure that many of those who find themselves disenfranchised because they simply have no way to vote in person will now have a way safe and secure transportation to enjoy their rights and fulfill their obligations as an American. citizen.”
NACA is a nonprofit community advocacy and homeownership organization whose primary goal is to build strong, healthy neighborhoods in urban and rural areas nationwide through affordable homeownership. .
The NACA also launched a similar voter mobilization campaign this week in Houston and San Antonio. Additionally, the organization conducted voter registration and voter verification campaigns through its digital platforms earlier this year.
“The Roll to the Polls campaign will ensure that thousands of Atlanta-area voters who otherwise might not have the opportunity can exercise their right to vote and have their voices heard,” said Marks said.
According to Marks, comprehensive security measures are being taken to make people feel comfortable. The vans will be equipped with PPE, sanitizer and disinfectant.
“The vans will be fully equipped with masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to ensure passengers remain safe from coronavirus and appropriate social distancing measures will be in effect for all passengers, drivers and staff,” a spokesperson said.
NACA and the House of Hope Atlanta were joined by a diverse coalition of organizations and businesses to make the campaign a reality.
They include the DeKalb County NAACP, Power of Praying Women Collective, Jackson Protection Agency, DAP Signs, Trusted Care, D&A Transportation Services, Community Social Justice Atlanta, The Victory Group, Mentoring Exceptional Leaders, TGI Friday’s, Fat Sisters, Bojangles, Ben & Jerry’s, and others.
NACA is the nation’s largest housing services organization and is growing rapidly by expanding its more than 30 existing offices, headquartered in Boston, opening many new offices nationwide, and expanding the services it offers to its members.
Since its inception, NACA has been at the forefront of the fight against predatory lending and has been the most effective organization in providing affordable solutions to more than 250,000 homeowners, according to Marks.
“So organizations are either a service organization where they provide a service or an advocacy organization,” Marks said. “And the two are not often combined into one. So if you’re a defense organization and one is effective and there’s a number of good defense organizations, but when you win, then the results are, well, you gotta hand it over to somebody. another or the lender you’ve been campaigning against, to do the right thing, which they invariably don’t.
“We understand that we want to be respected for the day-to-day operations we do and for getting people to access affordable homeownership and other advisory services,” he continued. “But we also want to be feared for advocacy and if they don’t do the right thing, we’re going to hold them accountable. We will prosecute them unreservedly and we will hold their CEOs personally accountable for their actions. »
Founded in 1988, NACA has a considerable track record of successfully advocating against predatory and discriminatory lenders, as well as delivering the best mortgage program in America with $10 billion in funding commitments. The organization’s confrontational community organizing and unprecedented mortgage program have set the national standard for helping low- and middle-income people achieve their dream of home ownership.