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Published on March 17th, 2015 |


Panel on homelessness focus of NCA meeting in new venue

The Northwest Community Alliance (NCA) of neighborhoods and businesses is presenting a panel discussion of the issue of homelessness in Atlanta Wednesday (March 18) at 7 p.m. for its first meeting in Buckhead in the fellowship hall of Northside Baptist Church, 1877 Howell Mill Rd.

Michael Koblentz“We have a blockbuster panel consisting of the most passionate and well informed people in Atlanta who deal with this critical issue on a day to day basis in a realistic and compassionate manner,” said Michael Koblentz, NCA founder and chairman, “yet always striving, to reduce and ultimately, eliminate homelessness in this great city.”

Koblentz explained, “One cannot talk about smart growth or all the great strides that are now happening in this city…. without dealing with people who struggle daily without the most basic of needs. All one has to do is remember what it feels like to be in one of our recent 25 degree days and remember what its like to run into our warm homes and sit down for a hot meal,” he added.

Koblentz said each panelist will speak for five to 10 minutes, which will be followed by the interactive panel discussion and the entertaining of questions from the audience.

“I could not have pulled together this distinguished panel without the help of Vince Smith, pastor at our new meeting venue and the NCA treasurer,“ Koblentz said. The panel consists of:

1. Vince Smith-Executive Director Gateway Center
2. Jack Hardin-Chairman-United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness
3. Ed Powers-Executive Director-Hope Atlanta:Programs of Travelers Aid
4. Bill McGahan-Founder and Chairman-Georgia Works!
5. Stacy Horn Koch-Interim Executive Director, tlanta Homeless Continuum of Care

For its 15 years of existence, NCA has always held its meetings just on the other side of I-75 from the official boundary of Buckhead—first at the ACE Hardware store on Howell Mill, then the former Holiday Inn at I-75 and in recent years at the Meals on Wheels Center on Commerce Drive.

Now the organization, which from its very beginning has represented some of the neighborhoods in southwest Buckhead, has a new meeting spot on the east side of I-75 in one of Atlanta’s oldest churches.

The Northside Baptist Church location is adjacent to the Howell MIll Road and I-75 exit and across the street from the Atlanta Food Truck Park. Parking is around the side and rear of the building. Entrance is at the rear of the church.

Food for the meeting will be catered by NCA board member Ron Horgan the executive chef at PittyPat’s Porch, 25 Andrew Young International Blvd in downtown Atlanta.

For more information, call Michael Koblentz at 404-641-6005 or email him at

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