Atlanta Affordable and Fair Housing Resources

Tenant Check January 23, 2020
Cora Younie

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Atlanta Affordable and Fair Housing Resources

With affordable and fair housing becoming an issue for most metropolitan areas across the country, Atlanta is working with non-profits and housing authorities to create plans that work for Atlanta’s diverse community. For landlords, this means a decrease in costly and time-consuming evictions. Affordable and Fair Housing solutions go hand-in-hand and these organizations and plans are incredible resources for Atlanta landlords feeling impacted by the city’s changes.

Atlanta Housing

Atlanta Housing’s core mission includes providing affordable housing for low-income families in Atlanta. They have also, in recent years, taken on promoting self-sufficient living, active aging, and an improvement in the quality of life for all residents in low-income housing and surrounding communities. 
Being involved with Atlanta Housing’s Housing Choice Voucher Program, developers and property owners can help provide reliable housing to working families, seniors, disabled persons, and veterans in Atlanta.
The benefit of participating in a program like this one is having allies and resources available to you while contributing positively to your community. Atlanta Housing works with the property owner to determine a fair and market-driven rent. They then work with the resident to ensure that their rent gets paid.
This is an incredible option for property owners that want to help the communities that make Atlanta special.

Housing Affordability Action Plan

The affordable housing plan implemented by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms outlines an action plan that works with Atlanta’s growing population and the people who build and manage those properties. The plan is designed to achieve the following four key goals:

  1. Create or preserve 20,000 affordable homes by 2026 and increase overall supply
  2. Invest $1 billion from public, private, and philanthropic sources in the production and preservation of affordable housing
  3. Ensure equitable growth for all Atlantans and minimize displacement
  4. Support innovation and streamline processes

All of these goals are motivated by the growing mismatch between housing costs and income. This is one of the primary reasons tenants are evicted and something that can benefit the property owners, landlords, and tenants.

House ATL

House ATL is a group of civic leaders working to come together across different sectors of Atlanta to build political and community change regarding affordable housing. They have been working on affordable housing solutions and resources based on guiding principles that include:

  • Recommendations should advance racial and socioeconomic equity in Atlanta communities
  • Cross-sector collaboration is critical to actionable solutions
  • Recognizing that there are many related issues that are linked to affordability and are supportive of efforts that support those issues
  • Planning with the regional Atlanta housing market around regional transportation and housing affordability must be part of the long-term affordability solutions
  • The need for ongoing advocacy and collaboration with various state agencies and legislative partners

One of their primary tenets that impacts landlords is the commitment to investment without displacement. This involves a comprehensive anti-displacement initiative with objectives such as short-term and emergency solutions for residents facing evictions, renters’ rights programs, and education, property tax relief for affordable housing properties, and funding options for legacy business.

Equal Housing Opportunity – City of Atlanta

Fair Housing Laws provide protection against discrimination in housing transactions. The City of Atlanta ordinance (Atlanta GA Code Pt. II, Chap. 94) prohibits discrimination against any person in Atlanta on the bases of race, color, national origin, religion, gender/sex, familial status, physical disability, mental disabilities, HIV or AIDS. In Atlanta, this protection is extended to age, domestic relationship status, parental status, gender identity, or sexual orientation.