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Atlanta Public Schools plans affordable housing and more for surplus properties, names two pilot projects

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) may team with the City’s brand-new affordable housing organization on community-led, history-preserving remakes of several surplus properties – starting with the former Lakewood Heights and Peeples Street school sites. The Atlanta Board of Education Sept. 19 gave a thumbs-up to the innovative disposal strategy, which could involve partnership with the new […]

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HUD Secretary, AUC officials, meet to discuss student homelessness, housing assistance in metro

Atlanta was the second stop in the “HUD on the Road” tour. By Allison Joyner Yesterday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge met with local Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) representatives to discuss homeownership affordable housing.  Dr. David Thomas, President of Morehouse College and others affiliated with the institutions […]

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A snapshot of Atlanta’s Airbnb listings raises questions about regulation and affordability

By John Ruch Atlanta has a new short-term rental regulation born of concerns about community impacts like party houses. Its enforcement is on hold for similar reasons — just from the industry side, whose multi-property owners might be shut out of the market. Such community anecdotes and interests often drive short-term rental policymaking due to […]

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Reporter’s Notebook: Tree-sitting protesters return to training center site, Anti-Gentrification Rally, Juneteenth celebrations

This month, Georgians have one more chance to weigh in on the Democratic and Republican candidates in upcoming state races. Folks looking to submit their ballot should be aware of these key dates:  Click here to check out Atlanta Civic Circle’s guide on key voting dates and the candidates going to runoffs. On to other […]

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City and state leaders celebrate Parkside, an all-affordable complex in the Westside

On Wednesday, June 1, community leaders gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate Parkside Apartments, an affordable housing community nestled in the Bankhead/Historic Westin Heights neighborhood.  Parkside features 182 units — including one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments — with each unit priced at an affordable rate. In the new building, 57 units are priced at […]

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Reflections of a climate change candidate

By Guest Columnist MANDY MAHONEY. U.S. program director of the Regulatory Assistance Project

The South has long been defined by its heat and humidity, so much so that bragging about the heat has even become something of a punch line in certain circles. … As the global climate warms, extreme heat is growing more common in the South, and that is putting low-income people and communities of color at the highest risk of heat-related illness and even death.