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Atlanta Civic Circle Housing Affordability

Slow-spending Georgia agency says it will transfer some federal rent aid to higher-performing governments

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The state agency that received Georgia’s largest chunk of federal Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) funds announced Wednesday that it plans to turn some of that cash over to local governments who have done a better job distributing it to renters and landlords in need.

Early this year, the U.S. Treasury Department allocated $552.3 million in the first round of ERA funding (ERA1) to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) as part of a nationwide eviction prevention effort. It divvied up another $157.9 million to some of the state’s most populous counties and cities. But because the DCA was slow to disburse those funds—spending just $47 million, or 9%, by October —the Treasury Department has put it on notice that it may reallocate some of the funds to better-performing agencies.

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