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Atlanta, Fulton County leaders want YOU to help imagine ‘fair housing’ plans

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What could the future of housing in Atlanta look like? (Credit: georgiatech.edu)

By Sean Keenan

The City of Atlanta and Fulton County are calling on residents to help them update their strategy for fostering “fair housing” practices.

The two governments are surveying residents, and the results will help officials craft their “individual Consolidation Plans” and “joint Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice”—an effort mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The so-called Consolidated Plan would analyze the state of the housing market, county demographics, and any room for improvements to such to outline a five-year plan to use federal monies to solve the shortcomings identified.

The Analysis of Impediments, of course, spotlights the obstacles standing in front of housing equity, as well as possible ways to overcome those hurdles.

Once compiled, that research is expected to provide a road map for local leaders to address the needs related to housing, economic and community development, and homelessness, according to the initiative’s website.

It will also outline how governments hope to use money from the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Act (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and, in Atlanta, the Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA) programs.

Those interested in contributing to these efforts can click here to take the survey and/or attend the following public meetings scheduled to discuss the issues:

North Fulton Community Meeting
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
North Fulton Annex
7741 Roswell Road NE
Roswell, GA 30350

South Fulton Community Meeting
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
South Fulton Annex
5600 Stonewall Tell Road
Atlanta, GA 30349

More community meetings are subject to be announced.

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    Alex Barrella September 14, 2019 2:29 pm

    free public housing for everyone.

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    Christopher Johnston September 15, 2019 6:29 pm

    Alex, you say that you want free public housing for everyone. There is no free lunch and there is no free public housing.
    Whom would you force to pay for free public housing?
    Would everyone live in the same type of housing?
    Would you require Bernie Sanders, who owns three houses, to live in public housing?
    If Bernie Sanders decided to live in his own homes, would you send him a check every month for the value of public housing that he was forgoing?

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