February 23, 2024

Mayor Andre Dickens has introduced an $1,400,000 funding from the Reasonably priced Housing Belief Fund to create a Housing Assist Middle and broaden the Mayor’s Secure and Safe Housing Program.

“Creating reasonably priced housing isn’t nearly constructing new housing—I’m dedicated to assembly our metropolis’s households the place they already are with the assistance they want,” Dickens mentioned in an announcement.

$600,000 of the funding will launch the brand new Housing Assist Middle. The Middle might be a spot for Atlanta residents in search of reasonably priced housing assets. Many of those assets are presently separate, which makes it troublesome for households to go looking, determine and entry the providers that may assist them.

“The Housing Assist Middle and Secure and Safe Housing Program are crucial elements for a wholesome reasonably priced housing ecosystem, and I’m proud to steer a Metropolis that invests in supporting not simply building—however folks,” mentioned Mayor Dickens.

The Middle will join residents with properties providing income-restricted housing, in addition to present a complete record of different housing assets. Sources will embody: owner-occupied rehab, entry to authorized counsel and an workplace for residents to report violations of the Metropolis’s Housing Code.

The Housing Assist Middle might be situated at Metropolis Corridor, residents may also be capable to entry assets through an internet site and hotline. The Middle plans to launch by the tip of the summer time.

The remaining $800,000 funding will broaden the present litigation group on the Workplace of the Metropolis Solicitor. The group focuses on investigating and prosecuting nuisance property violations and circumstances as a part of the Secure and Safe Housing Program. 

The Secure and Safe Housing program started final summer time to determine, monitor, examine and procure compliance on violations at occupied multi-family properties with substandard residing situations and excessive crime.

At the moment, there are greater than 50 properties inside metropolis limits the Metropolis has flagged as high-priority because of the variety of code violations and violent crime. Of these, 16 properties are presently in course of, and with the extra funding, this system will pace up the variety of actions pursued over the subsequent yr.