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Notice of Funding Availability


ATLANTA (8/16/2016) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) will release a grant application on September 1, 2016, for approximately $3 million in new Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) grants.

The Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) uses a portion of DCA's HOME funds to assist local governments, nonprofit organizations, and public housing authorities to address the needs of affordable housing development in their communities.

The full Notice of Funding Availability details can be found at http://www.dca.state.ga.us/housing/housingdevelopment/programs/documents/2017-CHIP_NOFA.pdf


Eligible Applicants:

Eligible CHIP applicants include local governments that have not been designated by HUD as a Participating Jurisdiction (PJ) for the HOME program, organizations designated with a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status, or Local Public Housing Authorities which meet CHIP experience threshold requirements.

Eligible Activities:

Homeowner Rehabilitation: CHIP funds may be used to assist existing low income homeowners by providing rehabilitation assistance to their homes.

New Construction: CHIP funds may be used to build single family homes for low-to-moderate income homebuyers.

The application and instructions will be available on the DCA website at www.dca.ga.gov on September 1, 2016. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.

A webinar with details about the application is scheduled for September 7, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. and will be archived to be viewed later. To register for the webinar, go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7093529329745988868

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.



Gov. Deal announces 2016 AmeriCorps grants to Georgia organizations

Nearly 500 AmeriCorps volunteers to meet state and local needs

ATLANTA (6/30/2016) — Gov. Nathan Deal announced today $3,772,221 in AmeriCorps grants and education scholarships for Georgia from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for 481 AmeriCorps members serving in 19 nonprofit and public agencies.

“Communities need a broad range of assets to stay healthy, support job growth, and compete in our global economy,” said Deal. "These grants will enable AmeriCorps volunteers to help meet local needs while developing the civic and leadership skills that are important to growing communities. The work carried out by these AmeriCorps members will have a positive and lasting impact on our state."

The law creating AmeriCorps gave a key role to states in determining how national service resources are used in promoting volunteerism and service. The funding will be granted to the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV), part of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

“DCA is proud to count the GCSV among its valuable resources to help tackle critical challenges in Georgia including tutoring and mentoring youth, facilitating health education programs, and preserving the state’s natural resources through environmental stewardship projects,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles. “The funding provided by AmeriCorps will help DCA follow its mission to help build strong and vibrant communities across Georgia.”

Due to the strong demand by organizations seeking AmeriCorps resources, the current year’s AmeriCorps grant cycle was highly competitive. The 2016 competition prioritized investments in economic opportunity, education, veterans and military families, disaster services, and continued a new initiative for governors and mayors.

Six of the 19 nonprofit and public organizations will receive planning grants with this year’s funds. Planning grants are utilized to assist qualifying organizations in developing the systems and infrastructures necessary to operate a full AmeriCorps program.

AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 members in intensive service annually to serve through nonprofit, faith-based, and community organizations at 25,000 locations across the country. These members help communities approach pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

After completing a full term of service, full-time AmeriCorps Members may receive an education award of $5,775 that can be used to pay for college or to satisfy qualified student loans.

Below is an alphabetical list of 2016-2017 AmeriCorps grants in Georgia:

Organization Amount Awarded 2016-2017
Action Ministries $ 24,458.00
Clayton State University $ 195,978.00
Communities In Schools of Georgia $ 174,981.00
Covenant House Georgia, Inc. $ 131,509.00
Department of Natural Resources/GA State Parks $ 205,933.00
Extra Special People, Inc. $ 61,863.00
Frank Callen Boys & Girls Club $ 34,726.00
Georgia State University Research Foundation Inc. $ 168,564.00
Hands On Atlanta $ 383,376.00
Hands On Washington $ 73,309.00
Jekyll Island $ 316,847.00
Moultrie YMCA $ 36,183.00
New American Pathways $ 315,849.00
REACH Georgia Foundation $ 74,779.00
Teach for America $ 63,625.00
The University of Georgia $ 617,301.00
United Way of Metro Atlanta $ 261,777.00
WINGS for Kids $ 320,571.00
Youth Villages $ 311,292.00


The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism is a part of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Our mission is to promote service and volunteerism in Georgia through AmeriCorps national service grants, community volunteer recognition, and support of local volunteer organizations and efforts. For more information, visit http://www.americorpsga.org/.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads the President's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.



Georgia DCA awards $6.2 million in 16 community home investment grants

CHIP program funds home rehabilitations and new construction of single family homes

ATLANTA (May 31, 2016) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $6.2 million in grants to 16 community entities across the state to build new single family homes and help homeowners rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $160,140 to $612,000. The awards were made through the 2016 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

“We are pleased to announce these funding awards today. The CHIP program is an important tool that we have at DCA to work with local governments in their efforts to provide safe and affordable housing for their citizens,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles. “These awards allow local governments to help folks like seniors on fixed incomes who cannot afford needed home repairs to have those repairs made and stay in their homes. Likewise, these funds can leverage local partnerships to make homeownership a reality for low- to moderate-income families who thought that may always be out of reach for them.”

CHIP provides funds to help local governments, nonprofit organizations, and public housing authorities provide affordable housing in their communities. Funds may be used to provide eligible, low- and moderate-income households to assist with homeowner rehabilitation and to build new single family homes for resale to low- and moderate-income homebuyers. The goal of the program is to expand the supply of, and access to, safe and affordable housing in Georgia’s communities.

2016 CHIP grants were awarded to:

Cities CHIP Award Activity
Madison $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
Millen $ 283,560 Rehabilitation and New Construction
Monroe $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
Perry $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
Pine Mountain $ 612,000 Rehabilitation and New Construction
Thomasville $ 612,000 Rehabilitation and New Construction
Thomson $ 612,000 Rehabilitation
Valdosta $ 612,000 Rehabilitation and New Construction
Counties
Dougherty County $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
Glynn County $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
Jones County $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
McDuffie County $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
Housing Authorities
Carrollton Housing Authority $ 306,000 Rehabilitation
Griffin Housing Authority $ 612,000 Rehabilitation and New Construction
Nonprofits
Dublin Rising, Inc. $ 160,140 Rehabilitation
Garden City Housing Team $ 306,000 Rehabilitation

CHIP uses a portion of DCA's HOME Investment Partnership Program funds. The HOME program, created by the National Affordable Housing Act of 1990, provides funds to state and local governments to support affordable housing initiatives.

The Georgia Housing and Finance Authority (GHFA) is the designated Participating Jurisdiction and recipient of Georgia's allocation of funds from the federal HOME program. GHFA contracts with DCA to administer the programs funded by this HOME allocation. Eligible communities for the CHIP grants are those outside of a HUD-designated Participating Jurisdiction as defined by the HOME Program.

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, www.dca.ga.gov.



Town of Thunderbolt designated as Georgia’s twenty-ninth WaterFirst® Community



(3/9/16 – ATLANTA) – “Impressive for such a small town,” said the state’s WaterFirst® reviewers when asked to describe the Town of Thunderbolt’s team. At a ceremony filled with Thunderbolt’s team Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Community Development Division Director Rusty Haygood announced the designation of the state’s twenty-ninth WaterFirst Community. Many community leaders and local and state officials were in attendance at the ceremony held March 9 at the Thunderbolt City Council meeting.

“Thunderbolt has joined an exclusive group of communities committed to water stewardship,” said Haygood. “The state’s WaterFirst communities have a demonstrated track record of implementing solidly-developed strategic plans that support long-term excellence in water resource management.”

The WaterFirst Community Program, led by the DCA’s Office of Planning and Environmental Management, is a voluntary partnership between local governments, state and federal agencies and other organizations working to improve the management and protection of shared water resources.

Haygood added that earning this designation took a lot of effort and required significant teamwork and that the review team was especially impressed by Thunderbolt’s tree inventory and tree ordinance. He continued by saying that the city has a small but impressive staff committed to environmental excellence through their devotion to countywide activities that manage and protect water resources and that they have created an enhanced land development process to ensure the community’s key issues are addressed.

“Today, DCA is very pleased to recognize the staff, citizens and leaders of Thunderbolt for their stewardship of our water resources by designating them as Georgia’s twenty-ninth WaterFirst Community,” announced Haygood.

Previously designated WaterFirst communities include the City of Auburn, Athens-Clark County, City of Braselton, Cobb County, Cobb/Marietta Water Authority, Columbus Waterworks/ Columbus Consolidated Government, City of Cornelia, Coweta County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, City of Gainesville, City of Garden City, City of Griffin, Gwinnett County, City of Hartwell, Henry County/Henry County W&S Authority, City of Hinesville, City of Loganville, Newton County and its municipalities, Oconee County, City of Rome, City of Roswell, City of Savannah, Douglasville/Douglas County WSA, City of Tifton/Tift County, City of Tybee Island, and City of Winder.

For more information about DCA’s WaterFirst program, visit
https://www.dca.ga.gov/development/PlanningQualityGrowth/Water%20First/WaterFirst%20brochure%207-22-2015.pdf

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, www.dca.ga.gov.



DCA to host Community Planning Institute March 11-12 in Helen


(2/17/16 – ATLANTA) The Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Planning and Environmental Management will hold a Community Planning Institute Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, at the Unicoi State Park and Lodge in Helen for local Georgia governments.

Elected officials, planning and zoning administrators and staff, planning/zoning commissioners, citizen planners, City/County administrators or managers, other staff involved with planning, zoning or other land use management techniques, as well as Regional Commission staff members, would benefit from the training, according to DCA representatives.

DCA, in partnership with the Georgia Planning Association, conducts this class annually to help local governments understand the local planning process. The upcoming class, called “Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan,” is a 2-day workshop that includes sessions on such topics as the community’s comprehensive plan, legal aspects involved with zoning, ways to implement the comprehensive plan including zoning, increasing stakeholder involvement in the planning process, and best planning practices proven to move a community forward.

The registration deadline for the early bird fee of $60 per day is March 1 with a final deadline of March 7. Cost per day after March 1 is $75. Designated PlanFirst communities receive free registration as a benefit of their designation, and Regional Commission staff members may attend at a reduced rate.

For more information, and to register, please contact adriane.wood@dca.ga.gov, or visit http://www.dca.ga.gov/development/PlanningQualityGrowth/programs/opqg.asp.



Georgia Department of Community Affairs to accept applications for Housing Choice Voucher wait list Feb. 1 - 7


ATLANTA (January 14, 2016) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today that the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, or Section 8, waiting list preliminary application period will be open Feb. 1-7 through an online system.

The voucher program provides a rental subsidy to assist extremely low and low-income individuals and families in renting safe, decent and affordable housing in the private rental market throughout DCA’s jurisdiction of 149 counties in Georgia. The subsidy is given to eligible families who are selected from the wait list. Eligibility for the program is based on several factors including the family’s income and eligible citizenship status.

DCA will accept preliminary applications for the HCV program beginning Monday, Feb. 1, at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, Feb. 7, at 11:59 p.m. for all 149 of the counties it serves. The remaining ten counties in Georgia are served by their local housing authorities. Complete lists of the counties and cities in which DCA administers the HCV program can be found at www.dca.ga.gov/RentalAssistance/WaitingLists/Public/CountySelection.aspx.

Applications will only be accepted electronically through an online system. Beginning Feb. 1, applicants may log on to the wait list application at www.applygadca.com. The application is available in both English and Spanish. Applicants requiring assistance in completing the preliminary application may call an application assistance phone line, which will be available 24 hours a day, at 1-888-858-6085 from Feb. 1 at 12:01 a.m. until Feb. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

DCA’s Housing Assistance Division representatives say there is no advantage to applying on the first day, Feb. 1. All preliminary applications will be entered into a lottery, and a random drawing will be held to determine the ranking of the preliminary applications on the waiting list. Not all preliminary applications will result in placement on the wait list after the lottery drawing.

No duplicate preliminary applications will be accepted. Any duplicate applications with the same household members listed will be removed. All applications must be complete including correct social security numbers and dates of birth for each family member, including minors.

DCA does not charge for an application and guards applicants to beware of any website or company that states that it charges on behalf of DCA.

For more information about DCA’s Housing Choice Voucher program, visit www.dca.ga.gov/housing/RentalAssistance/programs/hcvp_program.asp

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, www.dca.ga.gov.



Deal announces $36.8 million in development awards to 78 Georgia communities


ATLANTA (August 21, 2015) — Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 78 Georgia communities will receive a total of $36.8 million in assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded funding to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

"Strong, vibrant communities help attract companies to the state," said Deal. “The projects funded by this program will enhance the quality of life for Georgians while supporting job growth and economic development. By leveraging this funding with private investment and local funds, small and rural communities are able to maximize the opportunities afforded by the CDBG program and strengthen the foundation for a prosperous business climate."

Of the 78 Georgia communities, 66 will receive approximately $31.9 million in CDBG funds for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood restoration projects and facilities that attend to citizens in need. The remaining 12 communities already received $5 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program and Redevelopment Fund capital for economic development investments and redevelopment projects, generating 640 jobs and $198,506,713 in private investments.

"The history of the impact that the annual CDBG awards have made on infrastructure, revitalization, and job creation and retention throughout Georgia is remarkable,” said DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles. “The project application review process is a highly competitive one, and we appreciate the diligence that went into each community’s application. The DCA staff looks forward to working with the awarded communities as they use these resources to make a difference in the lives of their local citizens."

A complete list of the 2015 CDBG awards may be accessed here. Communities are listed in alphabetical order.


DCA releases FY 2016 ESG, HOPWA, S+C Harm Reduction, and S+C Support Service grant awards announcement


FROM: Don Watt, Director, Office of Homeless and Special Needs Housing

SUBJECT: State FY 2016 Emergency Solutions Grant, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, Shelter Plus Care Harm Reduction, and Shelter Plus Care Support Services Grant Awards

DATE: June 30, 2015

The State of Georgia is pleased to announce the selection of funding recipients under the State FY 2016 Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), Shelter Plus Care Matching, and Shelter Plus Care Harm Reduction programs. Across all four programs, DCA received 315 requests totaling over $16.8 million. Of these requests, DCA has awarded over $9.1 million to organizations which will implement 200 programs to serve individuals across Georgia who are homeless, threatened with homelessness, or assisting people living with HIV in their service areas. Funding for each award comes from either (1) the Federal Emergency Solutions Grant Program, (2) the Federal Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program, or (3) State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless Commission. A synopsis of the program awards is provided followed by an alphabetical listing of all awards by program type. Click here to access the synopsis and listing of the FY 2016 awards granted.

If you have any program-specific questions, please contact Christy Hahn (404) 679-0571 for ESG, Phillis Thomas (404) 679-0651 for HOPWA, or Libby Tyre (404) 982-3577 for either Shelter Plus Care related program.


Atlanta Hosts Premier Downtown Revitalization Conference

From March 30-April 2, National Main Streets Conference attendees will study economic development successes, opportunities in Atlanta and statewide

Washington (March 26, 2015) — The 30th National Main Streets Conference is coming to Atlanta Monday through Wednesday, attracting approximately 1,400 city planners, community revitalization professionals, volunteers and elected officials. The conference brings together a diverse national network of groups dedicated to generating economic vitality, fostering a unique sense of place and engaging key stakeholders in planning the future of their historic downtowns. Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has guided this work in more than 2,000 communities nationwide to produce $61.7 billion in investment, stimulate more than 285,000 building rehabilitation projects and create nearly 530,000 jobs.

The 2015 National Main Streets Conference is co-hosted by Georgia Main Street through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

Through 15 mobile workshops, more than 85 education sessions, and peer networking opportunities, the conference provides a forum for best practices on igniting and sustaining the redevelopment of America’s historic downtowns and urban districts. Using Georgia as a living laboratory, the conference will examine how to strengthen downtowns of all sizes by supporting creative economies, attracting tech entrepreneurs, and developing small business.

“The Main Streets Conference offers attendees a first-hand look at the best of Georgia while inviting Georgians to engage with what is working nationwide”, says Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center. “Tours of Ansley Park and Cabbagetown, for example, will enable attendees to experience Georgia-based revitalization solutions. Sessions on partnering with universities to drive redevelopment in Macon and Newnan and using maker/co-working space to energize downtown Augusta highlight home-grown successes that will interest attendees and may surprise locals, too.”

“The Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Georgia Main Street Program are excited about the opportunity to co-host this national event in our capital city,” says Billy Peppers, Director, Office of Downtown Development & Georgia Main Streets. “Georgia was one of the first states in the nation to start a Main Street network and over 35 years it has been a successful formula for cities of all sizes to grow, encourage small business development, improve downtown design and instill a local historic preservation ethic. The 103 cities in the Georgia Main Street network assist in the creation of an average of 3,000 net new jobs for the state annually.”

Other conference highlights include:
  • Keynote address by Carol Colleta, vice president with the Knight Foundation, on how to maintain economic competitiveness though technology and civic innovation
  • The announcement of the prestigious 2015 Great American Main Street Award winners
  • Mobile workshops, including visits to Hapeville, Monroe and Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn district
  • Sessions on topics including putting crowdfunding to work and attracting and retaining millennials
  • Premiere of the documentary film, Urban Century which takes a look at how historic downtowns can help us cope with economic recession, climate change, and America’s obesity epidemic
  • New research on best practices for incentivizing historic preservation
  • A four-part introduction to the Main Street Approach® which will describe the building blocks of a successful downtown revitalization strategy.

On-site registration begins on Sunday, March 29, at the Omni at CNN Center from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The conference is open to members of the media, but they must check in at the registration desk to receive their credentials. The public may purchase tickets for tours pending availability.

For conference updates, follow @MainStreetsConf on Twitter. More information on the program is online at: www.mainstreet.org.

The National Main Street Center
Established in 1980 as a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center works with a nationwide network of communities to encourage preservation-based economic revitalization that utilizes the Main Street Four-Point Approach.® The Center participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history. Now a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Main Street Center provides information, offers technical assistance, holds conferences and workshops, and conducts research and advocacy on critical revitalization issues.


State of Georgia awarded $10.1 million in rental assistance for people with disabilities

Federal HUD program to help 350 Georgia households prevent unnecessary institutionalization and homelessness

ATLANTA (March 12, 2015) — The State of Georgia recently became one of 24 states, plus the District of Columbia, and the only state in the southeastern U.S. to be awarded millions of dollars to help prevent thousands of low-income citizens with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly falling into homelessness.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced March 2 the awards topping $150 million in rental assistance to 25 state housing agencies across the country. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), through its Georgia Housing and Finance Authority, will be able to assist 350 households in the state with permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services with the $10,174,407 award it received.

Nationwide, nearly 4,600 households occupied by extremely low-income persons with disabilities will be helped by the HUD awards. Many of these individuals hope to transition out of institutional settings and back into their communities.

Operated in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Department of Community Health, Georgia’s program will assist individuals transitioning out of nursing homes under the Money Follows the Person Initiative and those with behavioral health issues moving from chronic homelessness or out of the state’s mental health hospitals or correctional system.

“When added to the resources awarded in 2013, these funds will provide valuable affordable housing resources to approximately 480 households over the next five years,” said Carmen Chubb, deputy commissioner for housing at DCA.

According to a HUD press release, its support of state housing agencies is made possible through the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) program which enables persons with disabilities who have extremely low incomes to live in integrated, affordable housing. State housing agencies and their state Medicaid and Health and Human Service partner agencies identify, refer, and support target populations of persons with disabilities who require community-based, long-term care services to live independently. This is one of several recent collaborative efforts between HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

"Everyone needs a stable home to call their own, especially persons with disabilities who can live on their own yet are at risk of becoming homeless," said Secretary Julián Castro in the HUD release. "These grants will provide real opportunity by cutting health care costs for states while allowing folks to live as independently as possible."

The announcement on March 2 underpins the guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1999 Supreme Court ruling in Olmstead v. L.C., helping states and local governments to provide services in the most integrated settings appropriate to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs:
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate- income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

About the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
HUD's mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and www.espanol.hud.gov.


Deal: 13 Georgia cities awarded for outstanding achievement

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that 13 Georgia cities were recently awarded for outstanding achievement in urban design, economic development, organizational projects and downtown promotions at the annual Georgia Downtown Conference Awards of Excellence ceremony. The ceremony, held Aug. 21 in Decatur, was the culmination of a week-long conference for the state’s downtown developers.

“Our downtowns are the heart of our communities, and these award-winning cities set the standard for downtowns across the state and nation,” said Deal. “A vibrant, economically robust downtown is a sign of an actively engaged community committed to enhancing its economic competitiveness and its quality of life.”

The Georgia Downtown Conference promotes downtown and economic development through public awareness, governmental relations and education. Co-sponsored by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Office of Downtown Development and the Georgia Downtown Association, the awards and the conference provide recognition for downtown and community development professionals, and an opportunity to showcase the best of Georgia’s unique downtowns each year.

“We know that great downtowns are huge economic assets to their communities,” said Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Gretchen Corbin. “These awards recognize the effort and dedication of many people – elected officials, staff, volunteers and citizens – and encourage other communities to explore ways to enhance their downtowns.”

More than 50 communities across Georgia garnered nominations this year, with 13 selected for gold, silver or bronze awards in each of the four categories. The city of Cartersville won the prestigious Downtown Development Program of the Year award for its significant work in all four categories.

“The number and quality of the awards for these outstanding projects reminds us that the hard work of each individual community, no matter how large or small, contributes to making Georgia a great state in which to live, work and play,” said Georgia Downtown Association President Tommy Lowmon.

A list of award winners is included below:

Design
Gold – City of Dalton
Silver – City of Milledgeville
Bronze – Monroe Downtown Development Authority
Organization
Gold – Bainbridge Downtown Development Authority
Silver – Cornelia Downtown Development Authority
Bronze – City of Milledgeville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority
Economic Development
Gold – City of Newnan Main Street Program
Gold – Club E of College Park
Silver – Stone Mountain DDA and ART Station Contemporary Arts Center
Bronze – City of Nashville Main Street Program
Promotions
Gold – Rome Downtown Development Authority and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority
Silver – City of Suwanee
Bronze – City of Newnan Main Street Program

About the Department of Community Affairs
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) partners with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, GDCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement plans, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. GDCA helps low- and moderate- income Georgians with issues regarding home ownership, rental housing and homelessness prevention. For more information, visit the GDCA website at www.dca.ga.gov.

About the Georgia Downtown Association
The Georgia Downtown Association (GDA) is a non-profit association that promotes the economic redevelopment of Georgia's traditional downtowns. Through advocacy, education and marketing, GDA works to focus the public's attention on the value of downtown. GDA is an independent association that supports both public and private sector efforts targeted at enhancing Georgia's downtowns.



Deal announces $39.7 million in community development awards


Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that 82 Georgia communities will receive a total of $39.7 million in assistance to grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

“Strong, vibrant communities help attract companies to the state,” Deal said. “The projects funded by this program will ensure successful economic development and enhance the quality of life for all Georgians. By leveraging this funding with private investment and local funds, these communities are able to maximize the opportunities offered by the CDBG program and keep Georgia the nation’s top state for business.”

Seventy-one Georgia communities will receive almost $35.8 million in Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers that will serve Georgia’s neediest citizens. In addition, $3.9 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP) funding was recently awarded to 11 Georgia communities to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects that are creating 1,172 jobs and $316.6 million in private investment.

Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant program annually supports projects in the state’s small and rural communities that create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income citizens. Awards ranging from $181,414 to $800,000 will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods, construction of health facilities and youth centers and infrastructure that supports manufacturing and other business operations. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of the award.

“The annual Community Development Block Grant awards are one of DCA’s most well-known, competitive and far-reaching programs, touching cities and counties in every corner of the state,” said Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Gretchen Corbin. “We appreciate the vision and hard work that went into each application and look forward to working with these communities as they lay the groundwork for future growth.”

A complete list of the 2014 CDBG awards can be found here. For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards and annual conference, click here.

About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate- income Georgians buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.



DCA’s SCCP team celebrates the agency’s awards. Front row: Haley Allison, LaQuanta Pressley, Kathryn Darville, Cathy Quay, Traci Turgeon, Brian Williamson, Gretchen Corbin. Back row: Brian Connor, Max Rietschier, John Ellis, Jamilla Byrd, Phil Smith


DCA Takes Top Honors in State Giving Drive


On June 18, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) recognized the outstanding achievements of the Department of Community Affairs and twenty other state agencies and members of the University System of Georgia at the annual State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) awards ceremony. In the last 17 years, the program has raised more than $43 million to help support local and nationwide charities. Last fall, more than $1.39 million was pledged across the state. SCCP was established in 1982 by the Georgia General Assembly and the awards recognize the significant achievements of participating agencies.

Headed by Haley Allison, the DCA SCCP team rallied the staff throughout the fall, with a series of raffles and giveaways and a “Taste of DCA” luncheon, with all proceeds going to the SCCP. In addition, the work of this dedicated team encouraged staff to increase their contribution by 100 percent over the 2012-2013 SCCP campaign.

“Huge congratulations are due to every one of our employees who contributed and a big thanks to our spirit committee for leading the agency down the path to success,” said Commissioner Corbin. “I’m not surprised at the heart of our DCA family, and I’m very glad that everyone else knows about it, too.”

Agency-wide, DCA had a whopping 77 percent rate of employee participation in the State Charitable Contribution Program for 2013-2014. These team efforts and our employees’ generosity resulted in DCA winning an unprecedented three awards for state agencies of 101-500 employees:

  • Governor’s Award for Largest Increase in Contributions Total
  • Governor’s Award for Highest Level of Employee Participation
  • Commissioner’s Award for the Highest Contribution per Employee


In addition, DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson announced that Commissioner Gretchen Corbin will serve as the honorary chair for the statewide 2014-2015 campaign.

“I can’t wait to see what our generosity, here at DCA and statewide, will bring in the 2014 campaign. I look forward to the honor and challenge of chairing the SCCP campaign this year and to the opportunity to provide significant funds to so many of Georgia’s worthy causes,” said Commissioner Corbin.

The campaign will run from September 1-October 31, 2014 with the theme “Looking Forward, Giving Back.” Read more at http://team.georgia.gov/employees-serving-proudly/georgias-state-employees-donate-1-39-million-to-charity-in-fy14/



Carmen Chubb with SMITH award

Carmen Chubb, Deputy Commissioner for Housing, was awarded the prestigious SMITH's Lifetime Achievement Award in March.


The award is given each year at SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Conference to honor the recipient's body of work. SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Award was introduced in 2004 to provide recognition to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the affordable housing finance market.

Smith's Research and Gradings is a nationally-recognized research company, providing independent research and third-party analysis for institutional investors. SMITH's Conference series provide unique forums for investors and issuers to discuss matters of mutual interest. They include SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Conference, State and Local Government Finance Conference, and Community-Based Healthcare Conference.



Billy Peppers at NMSA in Detroit

The Department of Community Affairs is proud to announce that, in 2015, Georgia Main Street will host the National Main Street Conference for the first time in the program's history.


From March 30 through April 2, we will highlight Georgia’s most urban cities, as well as our classic small towns with mobile workshops, concurrent sessions, and several special events to showcase our state and our host city.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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