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Atlanta Civic Circle Housing Affordability

While state agency lags, local governments dish out rental aid fast

Downtown Atlanta's Fulton County government building. (Credit: Google Maps)

Though the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has recently stepped up the pace in disbursing its first round of federal rental assistance money, most of the state’s local governments are far outpacing it in getting aid to those who need it.

According to the latest U.S. Treasury Department data, the DCA had dispatched only about $69 million—just 14% of the $552 million it received from the feds in the first round of the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA1) program—by October 31, making it the slowest-spending government in the state.

Of that $69 million, the agency disbursed almost $22 million to households in need in October alone. Earlier on in the ERA program, it took the DCA more than four months to spend that much, after the Treasury Department appropriated the first round of funds in January 2021.

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