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Atlanta Civic Circle Housing Affordability

At one year mark, Atlanta BeltLine still seeks takers for anti-displacement grants

Residents enjoying the first paved segment of the Atlanta BeltLine's Southside Trail near Pittsburgh Yards, which opened in September. (Photo by Emilia Weinrobe)

Spurred by concerns that high-priced development along the Atlanta BeltLine is driving up property taxes for longtime residents, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership unveiled an ambitious grant program last December to protect residents from displacement — but so far, it’s attracted few takers.

The BeltLine Partnership, a nonprofit affiliated with the Atlanta BeltLine, estimates that about 2,500 homeowners are eligible for the annual grants to cover spikes in their property taxes through its new Legacy Resident Retention Program, but only 58 homeowners have been approved so far. Another 125 eligible residents have applications in the works and 207 people have submitted pre-registrations for vetting.

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Hannah E. Jones

Hannah Jones is an Atlanta native who recently graduated from Georgia State University, with a major in journalism and minor in public policy. She began studying journalism in high school and has since served as a reporter and editor for two newspapers. Hannah managed the Arts and Living section of The Signal, Georgia State’s independent award-winning newspaper. She has a passion for environmental issues, urban life and telling a good story. Hannah is excited about the opportunity to serve the City of Atlanta and its people. Hannah can be reached at hannah@atlantaciviccircle.org.

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