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DCA to host three CHIP “listening sessions”   (6/23/2017)
Atlanta, GA (June 23, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is hosting three listening sessions around the state to get input on how the CHIP program is working in local communities. This will also be an opportunity for communities to ask questions about the Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) program.

Governor Deal signs RURAL bill    (5/8/2017)
Atlanta, GA (May 8, 2017) – Gov. Nathan Deal today signed the RURAL (Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas Legislation) bill, HB 73, a comprehensive package that integrates multiple resources to help build new opportunities for rural economic development. The legislation offers incentives for job creation, commercial investment, and business activity in rural downtown areas through a series of tax credits: a job tax credit, an investment credit and a rehabilitation credit.

NCDW event: Preserving federal funding important for Georgia communities!   (4/18/2017)
As part of National Community Development Week (April 17-21), DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles is highlighting the impact of key community programs currently facing elimination in the proposed federal budget.

April is Fair Housing Month!   (4/6/2017)
Atlanta, GA (April 6, 2017) – Every April, we come together as a community and a nation to celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968: To eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.

Eight Cities Selected for Georgia’s Exceptional Main Streets Program   (4/4/2017)
Atlanta, GA (April 4, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today that 8 new Georgia Main Street Cities will become part of the current Georgia’s Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) Program. These communities join 8 existing programs as proven leaders in downtown development.

Rusty Haygood appointed new Deputy Commissioner   (3/30/2017)
Atlanta, GA (March 31, 2017) – Commissioner Camila Knowles today announced Rusty Haygood as the new Deputy Commissioner of Community Development & Finance for Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs. The announcement follows the departure of Christopher Nunn, who was recently appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal as Commissioner of the Department of Administrative Services. The transition will take place on April 1.

DCA to host spring Community Planning Institute    (3/3/2017)
The Office of Planning and Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has scheduled its spring Community Planning Institute, “Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan”, at Unicoi State Park & Lodge on Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21.

Application process opens March 17 for ESG and HOPWA Grants    (2/28/2017)
Atlanta, GA (February 28, 2017) – The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announces the 2017 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. The application process will open on Friday, March 17, 2017 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12noon.

DCA announces 12 CHIP grants totaling $4.25 million   (2/10/2017)
Atlanta, GA (February 10, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded $4.25 million in grants to 12 community entities around the state to build new single family homes and help homeowners rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $281,006 to $612,000. The awards were made through the 2017 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

Four Georgia communities recognized for successful planning   (2/2/2017)
Atlanta, GA (February 2, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced today that four Georgia communities have received statewide distinction in the PlanFirst program, which recognizes excellence in community planning. Cook County, along with the cities of Douglas, Dunwoody and Vidalia have each achieved the state of Georgia’s “PlanFirst” designation, a commendation given to communities that have a proven track record of implementing their plan and a history of good plan development.

DCA Launches New Statewide Homeless Management Information System   (1/19/2017)
Atlanta, GA (January 19, 2017) -- The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today that it has launched its new Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). As the Georgia HMIS lead designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DCA and representatives from local Continuums of Care (CoCs), are pleased to make this technology resource available statewide.

Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council Honors 2017 Award Recipients   (1/13/2017)
January 13, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) – During a ceremony at the State Capitol, the Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council today presented three awards recognizing individuals and groups whose actions honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council is pleased to announce the creation of two new awards that will be given annually in the name of two Civil Rights Legends: Dr. Joseph E. Lowery and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Georgia Association wins National Award for Creation of State Geospatial Information Office   (1/12/2017)
Atlanta, GA (January 12, 2017) – The Georgia Association of Regional Commissions (GARC) has received a National Excellence Award from the National States Geospatial Information Council (NSGIC) for their Outstanding Efforts to create a Geospatial Information Office for Georgia. The Georgia Geospatial Information Office (http://gio.ga.gov/) is housed at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

GIO Plays Key Role in Helping Georgia Acquire Highly-Accurate Elevation Data   (1/10/2017)
Atlanta, GA (January 10, 2017) – The Georgia Geospatial Information Office (GIO) secured a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help Georgia acquire highly accurate digital elevation data. The effort brought together State and Federal partners to maximize the data collected, which will cover nearly a third of the state.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Capitol   (1/4/2017)
Please join us for the 32nd annual ceremony and proclamation to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday in Georgia.


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