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We look forward to seeing you Tuesday (6/25) at HouseATL's semi-annual meeting where you'll hear from Zillow on the state of Atlanta's affordability, HouseATL's progress advancing recommendations through the four working groups, and from the City of Atlanta on the forthcoming Housing Action Plan.

In the news!

Highlighting stories about supporting partners and those advancing affordable housing solutions in the City of Atlanta
Gov. Kemp signed HB 346 into law on May 8, 2019. This bill is a major victory for increased renter protections, allowing tenants to stay in place and punishes landlords who don’t fix unhealthy housing conditions. Read more here: Renter Protections Signed in Georgia Law (Atlanta Journal Constitution, photo by Alyssa Pointer)
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Peachtree Center breaks ground on new housing development which will include 70 affordable units. Read more here: New 29-story Peachtree Center tower part of city's affordable housing effort (Atlanta Business Chronicle, rendering courtesy of Renderings courtesy of Banyan Street Capital and Greystar)

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HouseATL and CATYLST signal the latest in cross-sector partnerships to tackle affordable housing issues in Atlanta. Read more here: Atlanta Groups Tackle Affordable Housing Issue (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
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Bruce Gunter writes an editorial on changing the mindset of affordable housing as an important public investment. See the article: Viewpoint: Affordable Housing is Cool Now but a Major Test Awaits (Atlanta Business Chronicle)
 
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Amanda Rhein and Chris Norman on Rose Scott talking about Affordable Housing for Westside Neighborhoods. (WABE, photo credit Candace Wheeler)


 
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Urban Institute releases new tool for why zoning matters

A new video from the Urban Institute illustrates the evidence for why zoning matters, and an accompanying blog post by researcher and housing expert Solomon Greene shows how communities can increase housing affordability and access. Zoning laws can continue to limit racial and economic diversity and drive up housing costs, or more thoughtful policies can connect people and create more equitable access to neighborhood resources.

Segregated by Design

Segregated By Design’ examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.  

HouseATL Implementation Groups Updates

From the 23 data-driven recommendations, we have pivoted into four working groups to advance these recommendations throughout 2019.
1) Prioritizing Communities Implementation Group is championing a comprehensive anti-displacement campaign. Each month since the January kick-off the group has focused on advancing HouseATL’s recommendations around eviction prevention, emergency assistance, renters’ rights, property tax relief, and legacy business retention. One key initiative coming out of this implementation work is taking a landscape of services providers to begin mapping the current emergency funding resources, and opportunities for coordination and streamlining.  Please contact Frank Fernandez at FFernandez@ambfo.com if you would like more information or have any additional questions.

2) Education and Engagement Implementation Group is working to advance a communications campaign to make housing affordability less complicated but more meaningful for stakeholders of all types. One initiative underway is summarizing the insights shared during the 100 Great Ideas Campaign, which builds on the 23 HouseATL recommendations and expands the conversation to the Atlanta region with residents about what their ideas are to tackle housing affordability. Enterprise Community Partners will be releasing a white paper synthesizing the findings from that campaign sometime in early July. Another key priority for this group is working to strengthen Atlanta’s civic engagement system through the NPU Initiative being led by the Center for Civic Innovation. Stay abreast of updates on the NPU Initiative here. Contact Daphne Bond-Godfrey at daphne.bondgodfrey@uli.org if you would like more information or have any additional questions.
 
3) 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 Collective has now formed three committees around 1) Design 2) Pipeline and 3) Capital.  The group is taking a ‘shark tank’ approach to identify funding for housing with a gap. Please contact Meaghan Shannon-Vlkovic at mvlkovic@enterprisecommunity.org for additional details or questions you have about the Funders Collective.
 
4) Policy Subgroup – What legislative or policy impacts help us move the work of HouseATL forward? This group will work to assess and review House ATL’s final set of recommendations and determine their policy or legislative impact at a local and state level. From initial meetings, the group has agreed to divide policy implementation work, stemming from the broad HouseATL recommendations, into three sub-groups focused on a) State legislative policy reform, b) State regulatory policy reform, and c) local (City-level) policy reform. Please contact Sara Toering at stoering@communityprogress.net for inquiries about this group.

Upcoming Housing Events

  • June 25 – HouseATL Full Taskforce Meeting, 8:00 am @ The Gathering Spot
  • June 25The State of the Nation’s Housing 2019 Release @ the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • July 23 & 24 – HUD Emerging Strategies in Affordable Housing Expo will be a 2-day Expo to have an open discussion and work groups to expand the knowledge and expertise of PHA's, Developers, and Financial Partners on emerging strategies to develop new and different revenues through Section 9 programs. More details and registration here.
  • August 28 - SAVE THE DATE for the Closing the Homeownership Gap Summit. Join us to discuss the historical context of the homeownership gap, recent national and local research, explore existing barriers to African American homeownership. More details here.
  • September 4 – Regional Housing Forum @ St. Luke’s
  • October 15 – SAVE THE DATE for Georgia ACT’s Annual Fall Affordable Housing Conference @ State Bar of Georgia
  • November 2019 – SAVE THE DATE for HouseATL’s Full Taskforce Meeting
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