Clay Voytek is an Atlanta-based freelance journalist covering social issues, public policy and culture. Voytek is also a presidential scholar at Georgia State University, where he'll graduate this spring with bachelor's degrees in journalism and media entrepreneurship. He's a researcher with CNN's story-vetting team, working with journalists across all platforms, worldwide. Locally, he works as a fact-checker for Atlanta Magazine and Canopy Atlanta.
Nationwide, a March Gallup poll found that 3% of respondents said the top problem facing the United States is the coronavirus or diseases, the lowest percentage since the start of the pandemic. Data from the state health department shows at least 400 Georgians died from COVID-19 in March.
A bipartisan bill in the Georgia House of Representatives aims to create a wrongful conviction compensation statute and establish a formal process.
The rental assistance program is administered statewide by the Department of Community Affairs, and it offers federal funds covering up to 18 months in rent and utility bills. The department has so far struggled to distribute its first allotment of federal funding despite what experts and advocates call a clear housing need.