Category: Affordable Housing

By the numbers: Georgia’s jobs boom, housing shortage

By David Pendered Jan. 29 – Census data on Georgia’s housing units and population, and Gov. Brian Kemp’s announcements on the number of new jobs, provide perspective on Kemp’s proposed $35.7 million in state funding for affordable housing. A significant housing shortage appears to be on the horizon in some areas of the state. Census […]

Details: Kemp’s $35.7 million plan for affordable housing

By David Pendered Jan. 16 – Gov. Brian Kemp’s $35.7 million proposal to fund affordable housing initiatives relies on redirecting state funds in an authority created by the state in 2000 to allocate some of Georgia’s share of the settlement with tobacco companies over health costs of smoking-related illnesses. The proposed structure of the Rural […]

Fannie Mae aids Atlanta senior housing project

By David Pendered Jan. 11 – The difficulty of developing affordable housing for seniors is evident in a project that is close to securing financing after more than two years of work by a wing of Atlanta’s development authority and Atlanta Housing, and their private partners. Some residents of a neighborhood south of Greenbriar Mall, in […]

HUD panel features two Atlanta housing leaders

By David Pendered Dec. 19 –A recent HUD panel on the influence of institutional investors on the housing market featured a Georgia Tech researcher and the mayor of College Park. Their inclusion on the panel underscores HUD’s recognition of the Sunbelt in general, and metro Atlanta in particular, as a hotspot for institutional investors to […]

Affordable Housing along Transit Corridors

By Mike Dobbins Dec. 1 – Below I outline how transit agencies might use funds from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to address the equity purpose of the act in concert with meeting the affordable housing crisis. Lower income people, often lacking cars yet more bound to their work locations, suffer greater […]

Infrastructure funds to support affordable housing

By Mike Dobbins Nov. 13 – The lack of affordable shelter is a growing national crisis. The City of Atlanta, thankfully, rejected a misguided effort in October 2021 fall to upzone single family neighborhoods, a strategy that has proven to fail affordability aspirations in other cities. Here’s what we’re exploring instead: Identify sources of massive public […]

Affordable housing part of ‘God’s plan’

By David Pendered Oct. 16 – Safe, affordable housing is part of God’s plan for an orderly and civil society, according to the chair of a state House committee seeking solutions to Georgia’s housing shortage. State Rep. Dale Washburn (R-Macon) placed the housing issue in an ecclesiastical framework in his opening and closing remarks during […]

MARTA, sustainability and COP27 climate summit

By David Pendered Oct. 9 – When global leaders meet in Egypt to discuss the status of the Paris Climate Accord, metro Atlanta’s contribution to meeting certain goals will be noted as MARTA’s efforts on sustainability and affordable housing. These topics are at the heart of discussions planned at the two-week climate summit known as […]

Time to rebuild a homebuilding industry

By David Pendered Aug. 14 – Metro Atlanta provides a case study of a home-building industry that hasn’t rebounded since its peak in 2004, Census data show. The phenomenon has widespread implications in the escalating effort to ease housing costs. For one, President Biden’s Housing Supply Action Plan, released May 16, envisions the private sector making […]