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Atlanta Habitat opens ReStore in South Fulton — biggest expansion in history

By Hannah E. Jones A new Atlanta Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Service Center in the City of South Fulton has opened its doors.  Habitat is a nonprofit that works to improve housing and empower residents to reach their homeownership goals.   The new center, the largest expansion in the institution’s 38-year history, reflects the organization’s […]

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Local realtor association drafts letter apologizing for past actions that discriminated against Blacks

The Atlanta REALTORS Association is the largest real estate association in Georgia, with over 12,000 members.  By Allison Joyner Earlier this month, Cynthia Lippert, president of the Atlanta REALTORS Association, wrote a letter to her fellow members apologizing for the organization’s past actions and discriminatory practices that prevented Black realtors and clients from purchasing residential […]

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Apply for Atlanta’s emergency rental assistance money while you can

This story originally appeared on Atlanta Civic Circle  By Sean Keenan Atlantans seeking help avoiding possible eviction better hurry if they want to get money from the city’s emergency rental assistance program. Only the first 2,000 applicants who file the requisite paperwork will be considered before the application window closes again. The online application portal opened […]

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Atlanta BeltLine Inc. kicks off planning for ‘affordable’ future of Bankhead site

Atlanta BeltLine Inc. says it will spend the next 18 months coming up with a community-informed plan for the 31-acre Bankhead property it recently bought to catch up on its unfulfilled promises to create affordable housing. How affordable “affordable” might be remains a key question. The timeline and open-to-ideas approach to 425 Chappell Road were […]

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Capitol View to celebrate Juneteenth with launch of community-owned affordable housing/business concept

Creating an affordable home for small businesses and local residents in a gentrifying area usually means hoping that some far-away developer will throw the community a bone. But at one site in Atlanta’s Capitol View, a social enterprise organization is trying to flip that script with a permanently affordable project the community itself would own […]

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South River Forest, housing affordability studies among projects gaining ARC assistance

The massive South River Forest public park concept and housing affordability studies in Buckhead and Chamblee are just a few of the programs that this week won technical or financial assistance from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The ARC on May 12 announced eight winners of its competitive, annual Community Development Assistance Program support. Through CDAP, […]

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The hidden costs of affordable housing

By Guest Columnist WILLIAM D. BRYAN, program manager with the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance

It’s no secret that Atlanta has an affordable housing problem. The city’s recent rapid growth has depleted affordable housing stock while an inflated real estate market has displaced many long-time residents. The city has approved a $100 million bond initiative to retain and develop dwellings affordable to those earning the salary of teacher or firefighter. But housing affordability depends on more than the price of shelter; it also depends on making energy affordable.