Markley contextualizes the demolitions in the northern suburbs within the region’s long history of residential discrimination.
Author Archives: Sonam Vashi
Sonam Vashi is an award-winning freelance journalist in Atlanta writing about affordable housing for Saporta Report. Her reporting, which usually focuses on criminal justice, equity, and the South, has also appeared with CNN, the Washington Post, Atlanta magazine, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among others. She is the vice president of the Atlanta chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, and she grew up in Gwinnett County.
Report: Expiring tax credits may mean loss of affordable homes
By Sonam Vashi Nearly 500,000 affordable homes across the country funded by a federal program will expire by 2030, according to a new report. In Atlanta, more than one-third of the 11,000 homes funded by the program will expire by the same year. The homes, mostly units in apartment complexes, rely solely on a federal […]
Atlanta appoints a new chief housing officer
Terri Lee, the city’s deputy planning commissioner, will lead new efforts to coordinate affordable housing solutions.
Kensington station development proceeds despite Avondale protests
The 240-unit development will be “100 percent affordable housing” right next to the Kensington MARTA station.
Brookhaven council to vote on citywide affordable housing policy
The city’s planning commission bumped up a policy to set aside 10 percent of new apartment units to include the whole city.
Gulch deal falls short on affordable housing, critics say
For some councilmembers and advocates, the Gulch deal’s affordable housing perks aren’t enough to justify a potential $1.75 billion in public incentives.
Task force lays out affordability proposal at housing forum
HouseATL presents its affordable housing proposal to the public—including creating or preserving 20,000 units over the next decade.
A potential plan for the mayor’s $1 billion affordable housing promise
HouseATL task force releases its working recommendations—including 24,000 new or preserved affordable homes—for the mayor’s consideration.
City audit looks at the state of affordable housing
A new report shows affordable housing is disproportionately distributed in Atlanta and recommends keeping housing “affordable” for longer.
Atlanta City Council approves Westside project with lower density and more affordable housing
The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved plans on Monday for the Echo Street Communities development in English Avenue, one of the first large-scale developments in the area that has triggered strong alarm among many residents concerned about gentrification on the Westside.
The affordable housing plans for the project, which also includes thousands of square feet in office space and retail, match the city’s guidelines, with 35 potential additional affordable units in the works.