Announcements

Inaugural Housing Symposium unites statewide agencies

 

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Office of Homeless and Special Needs Housing (OHSN) hosted the 2019 Housing Symposium in Savannah from Feb 4-6. The inaugural event brought together more than 300 state providers for training opportunities for their respective programs. They also received critical information to improve performance, collaborated with DCA program staff and other peers, and heard about the latest important federal updates.

 

The Symposium focused on the Homeless Management System (HMIS), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Continuum of Care (CoC), Housing Opportunities for People with AIDs (HOPWA), Shelter Plus Care programs (S+C), Rapid Rehousing (RPH), and Fair Housing and best practices trainings. DCA staff who manage and work so diligently with these programs provided training and workshops pertaining to application creation, program administration, financial management and compliance.

 

In addition to internal DCA presenters, the group welcomed many external speakers to the Symposium. Cindy Kelly, Executive Director of the Chatham Savannah Authority for the Homeless, gave a warm welcome to attendees, presenters and staff. Ed Duda of Gilead Sciences led a breakout session highlighting trauma informed care in addition to sponsoring and speaking during one of the Symposium’s plenary luncheons. Jon Magee and Eric Wilka of Eccovia, Shari Fulmar of Action Ministries, Evan Mills of Advantage Behavioral Health Systems, Tabitha Lawson of MUST Ministries, Dr. Terri Timberlake of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities, Cheryl Branch of the Georgia Coalition, and Susan Reif of Georgia Legal Services rounded out the list of Symposium external speakers who provided incredible insight and expertise. There was also a handful of attendees who volunteered to sit on panels focusing on topics such as landlord engagement and coordinated entry.

 

Overall, the 2019 Housing Symposium was a success. The OHSM Team is already looking forward to (and planning) next year’s event!

MedLink Georgia receives federal funds for facility expansion 

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) have invested $326,541 into the new MedLink Clinic in Hull, GA. These funds helped the non-profit community health center expand services for its patients.  

The new facility provides a wide range of new services, including physical and occupational therapy for children and adults, speech and sensory therapy, diabetes education, nutritional education, pharmacy, and increased specialty care in women's health and mental health.  

Medlink used ARC funds to purchase equipment for physical and occupational therapy rooms, mental health rooms, obstetrics, pharmacy, nutritional kitchens, a new patient services call center, and IT. This facility provides affordable healthcare opportunities to a wide range of customers across Northeast Georgia.  

About the Appalachian Regional Commission 
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) is a regional economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local government. Established by an act of Congress in 1965, ARC is composed of the governors of the 13 Appalachian states and a federal co-chair, who is appointed by the president. Local participation is provided through multi-county local development districts. Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred investments in the Appalachian Region, in areas such as business development, education and job training, telecommunications, infrastructure, community development, housing, and transportation. These projects create thousands of new jobs; improve local water and sewer systems; increase school readiness; expand access to health care; assist local communities with strategic planning; and provide technical and managerial assistance to emerging businesses. For more information: www.arc.gov  

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

 

Equity pre-applications are intended to provide an opportunity for applicants to receive constructive feedback on potential projects.  Additionally, a pre-application can be used to reserve a PACA date.  We have noticed lately that many pre-applications are being submitted too close to the application deadline to allow adequate time to issue a response. For this reason, we will begin requiring all pre-applications to be submitted 4 weeks prior to the OneGeorgia Equity application deadlines.  

Please note that a pre-application is not required for OneGeorgia Equity applications.  If the applicant wishes to receive a PACA date or feedback, the pre-application must be received by the newly set pre-application deadline.  Listed below are the upcoming Equity Application deadlines and pre-application deadlines.

 

 

Application Deadline

Pre-Application Deadline

April 12, 2019

March 15, 2019

July 12, 2019

June 14, 2019

October 11, 2019

September 13, 2019

January 10, 2020

December 13, 2019

 

DCA to host a free workshop for property managers, directors, stakeholders  

(ATLANTA) February 5, 2019 – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is offering a free Income Averaging Compliance Kickoff on March 14. This workshop, provided by DCA’s Office of Portfolio Management, is geared toward property managers and owners, compliance directors and project stakeholders.  

The purpose of this event is to clarify the statutory requirements of the new Income Average (IA) minimum set-aside, compliance monitoring rules, and mandatory reporting requirements. The workshops will be held at 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m at the DCA Central office (60 Executive Parkway South, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329).  

Large groups (10+) should email Merranda.James@dca.ga.gov to schedule incoming averaging compliance training. For more information, visit dca.ga.gov or call 404-679-4840.

During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly tasked the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Department of Economic Development with implementing and overseeing a Rural Zone designation program, which provides tax credits to individuals creating jobs and making qualifying investments within historic downtown areas. This year, the state has designated the communities of Avondale Estates, Greensboro, Hartwell, Hogansville, Jesup, Locust Grove, Monticello, Sylvester, and Waycross as Rural Zones. Portions of each community designated as a Rural Zone – primarily historic downtown areas – now allow for tax credits to eligible businesses that create jobs and investors that purchase or rehabilitate buildings within the designated Zone.

While no activities to earn credits can begin before January 1, communities may begin the process of developing their strategy, disseminating marketing material, and informing businesses and investors of the benefits available after the first of the year. Each Rural Zone designation lasts for a period of five years.

Rural Zones focus on job creation and private investment in designated areas. The program includes three tax credit incentives: a Job Tax Credit, Investment Credit, and Rehabilitation Credit. The basic criteria required for communities seeking the designation include: having a population less than 15,000, having a core downtown area with structures older than fifty years, demonstrating blight or disinvestment in the downtown area, having implemented a strategic plan for the downtown area, and completing market analysis indicating gaps within the local business makeup.

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2019 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.  The ESG program is designed to provide housing or service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The HOPWA Program provides resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and persons in their family. 

The application process will open on Friday , March 01, 2019 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at Noon. 

Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online system used for applications.  Applicants are able to Register for login information beginning on Friday , March 01, 2019 and ending on Thursday, March 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  Information regarding the application process for ESG will be posted on our web site at:  https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/emergency-solutions-grants/esg-funding-competition. Information regarding the application process for HOPWA will be posted on our website at: https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/housing-opportunities-persons-aids-hopwa.

DCA will offer four in person workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline.  Please click the link below to register for the location of your choice.  These workshops are scheduled for:

Monday, February 04, 2019

This session is only open to registrants of the DCA 2019 Housing Symposium in Savannah, GA

Friday, February 15, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Macon Training Center

6055 Lakeside Commons Drive

Macon, GA 31210

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzftjk1854ba94f

Click for location map

Tuesday February  19, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Goodwill of North Georgia

929 Joe Frank Harris Parkway

Cartersville, GA 30120

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfvn1c11482424

Click for location map

Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:00am-1:00pm

DCA Norcross Office Location

1854 Shackelford Court Suite 400

Norcross, GA 30093

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfug0aae171451

PLEASE LIMIT ATTENDEES TO 1 PERSON PER AGENCY FOR THIS LOCATION

Click for location map

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the in person workshops listed above to learn about changes that have been made to the ESG and HOPWA programs for 2019 applications.  In the event that you are unable to attend an in person workshop, or if you would like to see the presentation again after attending in person, DCA will also offer an application workshop webinar on February 28, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

Please register for 2019 DCA ESG and HOPWA Application Workshop Webinar on February 28, 2019 9:00 AM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3420009324193522178
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We appreciate your time in reviewing this information.  Please feel free to pass it along to others within your agency, or to any organization that serves the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in your community.  Should you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact Marion Goulbourne at Marion.Goulbourne@dca.ga.gov or Harvinder K Makkar at Harvinder.Makkar@dca.ga.gov.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

 

 

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2019 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.  The ESG program is designed to provide housing or service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The HOPWA Program provides resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and persons in their family. 

The application process will open on Friday , March 01, 2019 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at Noon. 

Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online system used for applications.  Applicants are able to Register for login information beginning on Friday , March 01, 2019 and ending on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  Information regarding the application process for ESG will be posted on our web site at:  https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/emergency-solutions-grants/esg-funding-competition. Information regarding the application process for HOPWA will be posted on our website at: https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/housing-opportunities-persons-aids-hopwa.

DCA will offer four in person workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline.  Please click the link below to register for the location of your choice.  These workshops are scheduled for:

Monday, February 04, 2019

This session is only open to registrants of the DCA 2019 Housing Symposium in Savannah, GA

Friday, February 15, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Macon Training Center

6055 Lakeside Commons Drive

Macon, GA 31210

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzftjk1854ba94f

Click for location map

Tuesday February  19, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Goodwill of North Georgia

929 Joe Frank Harris Parkway

Cartersville, GA 30120

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfvn1c11482424

Click for location map

Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:00am-1:00pm

DCA Norcross Office Location

1854 Shackelford Court Suite 400

Norcross, GA 30093

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfug0aae171451

PLEASE LIMIT ATTENDEES TO 1 PERSON PER AGENCY FOR THIS LOCATION

Click for location map

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the in person workshops listed above to learn about changes that have been made to the ESG and HOPWA programs for 2019 applications.  In the event that you are unable to attend an in person workshop, or if you would like to see the presentation again after attending in person, DCA will also offer an application workshop webinar on February 28, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

Please register for 2019 DCA ESG and HOPWA Application Workshop Webinar on February 28, 2019 9:00 AM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3420009324193522178
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We appreciate your time in reviewing this information.  Please feel free to pass it along to others within your agency, or to any organization that serves the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in your community.  Should you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact Marion Goulbourne at Marion.Goulbourne@dca.ga.gov or Harvinder K Makkar at Harvinder.Makkar@dca.ga.gov.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2019 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.  The ESG program is designed to provide housing or service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The HOPWA Program provides resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and persons in their family. 

The application process will open on Friday , March 01, 2019 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at Noon. 

Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online system used for applications.  Applicants are able to Register for login information beginning on Friday , March 01, 2019 and ending on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 5:00 pm.  Information regarding the application process for ESG will be posted on our web site at:  https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/emergency-solutions-grants/esg-funding-competition. Information regarding the application process for HOPWA will be posted on our website at: https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/housing-opportunities-persons-aids-hopwa.

DCA will offer four in person workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline.  Please click the link below to register for the location of your choice.  These workshops are scheduled for:

Monday, February 04, 2019

This session is only open to registrants of the DCA 2019 Housing Symposium in Savannah, GA

Friday, February 15, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Macon Training Center

6055 Lakeside Commons Drive

Macon, GA 31210

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzftjk1854ba94f

Click for location map

Tuesday February  19, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Goodwill of North Georgia

929 Joe Frank Harris Parkway

Cartersville, GA 30120

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfvn1c11482424

Click for location map

Thursday, February 21, 2019 10:00am-1:00pm

DCA Norcross Office Location

1854 Shackelford Court Suite 400

Norcross, GA 30093

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07efzfug0aae171451

PLEASE LIMIT ATTENDEES TO 1 PERSON PER AGENCY FOR THIS LOCATION

Click for location map

All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the in person workshops listed above to learn about changes that have been made to the ESG and HOPWA programs for 2019 applications.  In the event that you are unable to attend an in person workshop, or if you would like to see the presentation again after attending in person, DCA will also offer an application workshop webinar on February 28, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

Please register for 2019 DCA ESG and HOPWA Application Workshop Webinar on February 28, 2019 9:00 AM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3420009324193522178
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We appreciate your time in reviewing this information.  Please feel free to pass it along to others within your agency, or to any organization that serves the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in your community.  Should you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact Marion Goulbourne at Marion.Goulbourne@dca.ga.gov or Harvinder K Makkar at Harvinder.Makkar@dca.ga.gov.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

 

El Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios (DCA) del Estado de Georgia propone modificar su actual Año Fiscal Federal (FFY) 2018 / Año Fiscal Estatal (SFY) 2019 Método de Distribución (MOD) y proponer un nuevo FFY 2019 / SFY 2020 MOD para los programas estatales sin-privilegios de subvención en bloque de desarrollo comunitario (CDBG). El MOD afecta la Competencia Anual CDBG, el Programa de Incentivos al Empleo (EIP) de CDBG, el Programa de Fondo de Reurbanización de CDBG (RDF), el Programa de Riesgo Inmediato y Peligro (ITAD) y el Programa de Garantía de Préstamos 108. Las enmiendas a la MOD requieren la aprobación del Departamento la Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano (HUD) de los EE. UU. antes de su ratificación. El bosquejo de la modificación del FFY 2018 y las propuestas MOD de FFY 2019 se pueden encontrar en:

https://www.dca.ga.gov/community-economic-development/funding-programs/community-development-block-grants-cdbg/newsroom-1

El público puede comunicarse con DCA directamente al (404) 679-0594 o a través de la línea TDD al (404) 679-4915 para recibir una copia escrita y enmendados del Método de Distribución.

Los comentarios del público con respecto a las propuestas de MOD enmendados se aceptarán por un período de revisión y consideración, que finalizará a las 5:00 pm del 9 de Diciembre de 2018. El Estado exhorta a los ciudadanos y otras partes interesadas a revisar el FFY 2018 enmendado y la propuesta para el FFY 2019 MOD y a enviar comentarios a kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov o a:

CDBG Method of Distribution
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Attn: Kathleen Vaughn
60 Executive Park South NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-2231

Se realizará una audiencia pública acerca del FFY 2018 enmendado y las propuestas MOD para el FFY 2019 Se llevarán a cabo en el lugar siguiente:

Noviembre 29, 2018 – 10:00 am
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Sala 178
60 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 679-0594
Correo Electronico: kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov
Web:
www.dca.ga.gov

El público también puede unirse a la audiencia pública a través de un seminario web. Favor de regístrese para la Audiencia Pública de Distribución de Métodos CDBG el 29 de noviembre de 2018, 10:00 AM EST en:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4669776910955827459

Después de registrarse, recibirá un correo electrónico de confirmación con información sobre cómo unirse al seminario web.

El Departamento de Asuntos Comunitarios de Georgia se compromete a proporcionar a todas las personas un acceso equitativo a sus servicios, programas, actividades, educación y empleo, independientemente de su raza, color, nacionalidad, religión, sexo, estado familiar, discapacidad o edad. Para una adaptación razonable o si necesita un formato o idioma alternativo, comuníquese con Kathleen Vaughn al: (404) 679-0594 o envíe un correo electrónico a fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

 

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