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HouseATL in the news!

Highlighting stories about supporting partners and those advancing affordable housing solutions in the City of Atlanta
On January 22, Atlanta City Council passed an amendment to the current zoning code to allow ADUs in residential zoning classifications and a new classification to increase density for single family dwellings. See an outline of the proposal that passed here.
Invest Atlanta supports new affordable housing for Southwest Atlanta and Westside neighborhoods; see the press release.

HouseATL Executive Committee member Marjy Stagmeier at TriStar closed on a blighted apartment building last June and worked on a collaboration with APS and Morehouse medical for resident wrap-around services. The apartments have now re-opened and are affordable to 39% AMI. Read the story here.
Atlanta based Open Doors was recently profiled in the Seattle Times as an innovative way to address the fundamental problem at the center of Atlanta’s own homelessness crisis, enticing landlords to rent to the homeless. Continue reading here.
The City of Atlanta, Atlanta Housing, and Partners for HOME are to develop 550 new permanent supportive housing units for Atlanta’s homeless population. See the press release here.
HouseATL Executive Committee member Cathryn Marchman was quoted in the Atlanta Journal Constitution about Fulton County proposing an expansion of mental health services that would provide more shelter, mental health services, and addiction treatment for the chronically homeless. Continue reading the story here.

HouseATL Implementation Group Priorities for 2019

From the 23 data-driven recommendations, we have pivoted into four working groups to move this work forward. 

Prioritizing Communities Implementation Group will champion a comprehensive anti-displacement campaign. Recommendations that will be addressed include: 1) Providing short-term solutions for those facing eviction 2) Launching a renters rights campaign 3) Exploring feasibility of a property tax abatement program for affordable housing that meets designated criteria and 4) Developing a toolbox of financing and leasing options for legacy business owners. Please contact Frank Fernandez at for inquiries about this group.
Education and Engagement Implementation Group will focus closely on designing a communications strategy and how to make affordable housing less complicated by identifying and tackling some of the knowledge and messaging gaps. The end goal is to make the subject easier to digest for stakeholders of all types. The second key priority of this group is being led by the Center for Civic Innovation on strengthening the NPU system and identifying opportunities for deeper engagement. Contact Daphne Bond-Godfrey at for inquiries about this group.

The Funders’ Collective is a system for private and philanthropic resources to leverage public dollars to create and preserve affordable and mixed-income housing.  Having a coordinated and braided (public, private, and philanthropic) investment system is essential to success. The next Funders’ Collective meets again in March, please contact Meaghan Shannon-Vklovic at for additional details.

Policy Subgroup – What legislative, regulatory and/ or policy impacts help us move the work of HouseATL forward? This group is reviewing HouseATL recommendations to determine policy and/or legislative hurdles to implementation, assessing options and priorities, and determining a path forward. Please contact Alena Green at for inquiries about this group.

Leveraging The Private Market To Create Affordable Housing Solutions

HouseATL partner and ULI Atlanta member Atticus Le Blanc and Sarah Butler co-chaired a taskforce to advance private sector solutions to our affordable housing challenges. This toolkit takes four housing product solutions that are quickly implemented, unsubsidized, utilize existing land and materials, and affordable for 10% - 120% AMI. Many of these innovations are supported by the recent zoning changes adopted by City of Atlanta. Read their op-ed and see the toolkit here.

Upcoming Housing Events

March 14Save the Date for the Center for Civic Innovation NPU launch from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. More details will be coming soon!
April 8 – 12100 Great Ideas Campaign
June 25 – HouseATL Full Taskforce Meeting

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