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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 March 14, Mayor Bottoms delivered her second State of the City address where she committed to produce and preserve 20,000 units of affordable housing – a key ‘north star’ of HouseATL’s recommendations. More details in the press release here.

Atlanta Housing Authority names Gregory D. Johnson, a Cincinnati housing executive as new CEO, he succeeds Brandon Riddick-Seals who was serving as interim CEO since May 2018.   See Atlanta Housing’s presentation at the Regional Housing Forum held on March 7 which is a 10 year plan to rebuild 6,550 housing units, about half of which will be affordable at some.
Madison Reynoldstown, a project at 890 Memorial could add 373 affordable housing units along the Beltline. This project is a joint-venture of Atlanta Housing, Atlanta BeltLine, and private partners.

Invest Atlanta to create 124 affordable units for seniors through it’s True Light Haven Development using a $1.2M Housing Opportunity Bond.
The Atlanta Land Trust (under Amanda Rhein’s leadership) has selected the development and construction team for 23 multifamily homes on a 1.8-acre site between the BeltLine’s Westside Trail. Read more in the Atlanta Business Chronicle
Passage of the House Bill 344, which creates a 2020 statewide election ballot for Georgia voters to approve a tax exemption for nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity from paying taxes on property being used to build, repair, or lease single-family homes. Read more about the tax policy measure here.
Meaghan Shannon-Vlkovic and Leonard Adams join WABE’s Closer Look with Rose Scott to discuss 100 Great Ideas Campaign in Atlanta. Listen to the interview here.

HouseATL Implementation Group Priorities for 2019

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 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 the 100 Great Ideas Campaign, which builds on the 23 HouseATL recommendations and expands the conversation to the Atlanta region. You can follow along, see what is on residents minds, and contribute here! 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 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-Vklovic at 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 Alena Green at for inquiries about this group.

100 Great Ideas Campaign

Enterprise Community Partners is thrilled to be hosting the 100 Great Ideas Campaign for Atlanta on Housing Affordability! Many HouseATL partners are working on the steering committee and acting as moderators for this week-long online conversation and are inviting anyone in metro Atlanta is to join the Facebook group and post ideas, comments, articles, etc. responding to the question "What are the best ways to improve housing affordability in metro Atlanta?" Campaigns are solution-oriented, generative and collaborative - and you can participate from anywhere. Please join this important conversation!

Upcoming Housing Events

April 8 – 12100 Great Ideas Campaign
April 12 - Southface “Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable” on Health Homes, Healthy Families
May 10 – Southface “Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable” on Attainable Housing and Equitable Neighborhoods
April 13NPU Initiative Partnership Working Session
June 5–  Regional Housing Forum
June 25 – HouseATL Full Taskforce Meeting

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