Will Mayor-elect Andre Dickens be the affordable housing champion he claims?
Atlanta Mayor-elect Andre Dickens has vowed to make housing affordability a top priority when he takes office in January. So did Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms when she campaigned in 2017. Could the self-proclaimed champion of affordable housing make a bigger dent in the city’s mounting housing crisis than his predecessor?
Like Bottoms, Dickens has promised that the city will produce and preserve some 20,000 affordable residences over the next eight years—two mayoral terms, if things go his way. Over his two terms as a City Councilmember, Dickens architected city policies mandating affordable housing inclusion at new developments in fast-gentrifying communities, earning him a reputation as a powerful advocate for affordability.