Announcements

Georgia Department of Community Affairs observed HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, Nov. 26-30, to commemorate World AIDS Day 2018.

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.

 

The State of Georgia's Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is proposing to amend its current Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018/State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2019 Method of Distribution (MOD) and to propose a new FFY 2019/SFY 2020 MOD for the State's Non-Entitlement Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. The MOD affects the CDBG Annual Competition, the CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP), the CDBG Redevelopment Fund (RDF) program, the Immediate Threat and Danger (ITAD) Program, and the 108 Loan Guarantee program. Amendments to the MOD require U.S Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approval prior to enactment. The draft of the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs may be found as documents detailed below.

The public may contact DCA directly at (404) 679-0594 or through the TDD line at (404) 679-4915 to receive a written copy of the amended Method of Distribution.

Comments by the public regarding the amended and proposed MODs will be accepted for a period of review and consideration, ending 5:00 p.m., December 9, 2018.  The State encourages citizens and other interested parties to review the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs and to submit comments to kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov or to:

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

A Public Hearing regarding the amended FFY 2018 and the proposed FFY 2019 MODs will be held at the following:

November 29, 2018 –10:00 AM
Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Room 178
60 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 679-0594
Email: kathleen.vaughn@dca.ga.gov
Web:
www.dca.ga.gov

The public may also join the public hearing via webinar. Please register for the CDBG Method Distribution Public Hearing on November 29, 2018, 10:00 AM EST at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4669776910955827459.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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 Kathleen Vaughn at: (404) 679-0594 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov

 

The next meeting of the Board of Community Affairs and the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority/ GHFA Economic Development Financing, Inc./ GHFA Affordable Housing, Inc. Joint Meeting are scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, at 10:30AM The meetings will take place in the Board Room of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, located at 60 Executive Park South, NE, Atlanta, Georgia.

 

An agenda for each meeting is attached for your review. DCA is committed to providing equal access to all of its programs, services and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. Any individual who needs an accommodation because of a disability should contact Christy Barnes at 404.679.5291 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

 

A Community and Economic Development committee meeting has been called at 9:00AM on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The Meeting will take place via conference call. Should you require additional information, such as the call-in number, please contact Alyssa Justice at 404.679.3154 or Alyssa.Justice@dca.ga.gov.

DCA is committed to providing equal access to all of its programs, services and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. Any individual who needs an accommodation because of a disability should contact Christy Barnes at 404.679.5291 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

 

The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism is seeking proposals from eligible organizations interested in operating AmeriCorps programs to strengthen communities through National Service and Volunteerism.   Eligible organizations include non-profit and faith-based organizations with 501(c)3 status in the State of Georgia, educational institutions, and state and local government entities.

Application workshops will be held for first-time applicants and planning grant recipients as follows:

  • November 8, 2018      Atlanta
  • November 13, 2018    Macon
  • November 15, 2018    Brunswick

New Applicants are expected to attend one of the workshops. Registration is required to attend:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019ACNOFO​

All interested new applicants MUST complete and submit a Notice of Intent to Apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NOI2019 no later than December 5, 2018.

Applications will be due to the Georgia Commission no later than 3:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019.  No exceptions. 

 

 

A Finance Committee meeting has been called at 1:00PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

The Meeting will take place via conference call. Should you require additional information, such as the call-in number, please contact Alyssa Justice at 404.679.3154 or Alyssa.Justice@dca.ga.gov

An agenda for the conference call is attached for your review. DCA is committed to providing equal access to all of its programs, services and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. Any individual who needs an accommodation because of a disability should contact Christy Barnes at 404.679.5291 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

Reentry Partnership Housing (RPH) Fall 2018 Housing Provider recruitment has been started. All the interested Housing Providers complete the attached Letter of Intent to Apply. Thanks

On April 2, 2018, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) received 105 applications requesting $67,408,690 in assistance through the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2018 Annual Competition.

A detailed analysis of the types of applications received and the amounts requested as well as an alphabetical listing with project descriptions are provided. The Community Finance Division (CFD) will be reviewing the applications using DCA’s HUD-approved Method of Distribution as the standard for evaluation and scoring. Funding announcements are anticipated in August 2018.

60 communities to get funding for critical community needs

Atlanta, GA (August 24, 2018) – Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 60 Georgia communities will receive a total of more than $40 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

"Strong and prosperous communities enhance the quality of life for citizens and generate economic development opportunities across the state," said Deal. "The CDBG program enables cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs and revitalize the local economies that need it most. By investing in smaller cities and rural areas, we are preparing an even brighter future for all of Georgia, maximizing opportunities for citizens and further solidifying Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in the nation for business."

"CDBG is a vital community development tool for rural Georgia," said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn. "This program’s impact can be felt in every corner of our state."

Of this year’s grant awards, $38.2 million will go to infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization, construction of community facilities, and water, sewer, drainage or street improvements. An additional $2.8 million will be disbursed through the Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and the Redevelopment Fund, which together are projected to create 345 new jobs and generate $50.2 million in additional private investment.

Since 2011, the CDBG program’s investments in new and enhanced health care facilities have helped more than 30,000 Georgians gain access to improved health care services, primarily in hard-to-reach areas. Over the last eight years, the CDBG program has funded critical projects to improve water and sewer services for more than 125,000 people in rural communities. DCA has granted 59 EIP awards during the last eight award cycles to create 5,292 jobs and retain 308 more. Since 2011, EIP has generated more than $1.32 billion in private investment across the state. From 2011 to 2018, more than 12,000 children, youth and seniors have benefitted from the construction of public facilities such as community centers and Boys and Girls Clubs.

A complete list of the 2018 CDBG awards is detailed below. Communities are listed in alphabetical order.

For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards, please visit DCA’s website at dca.ga.gov and search for CDBG. In addition, informational sessions for CDBG recipient communities and elected officials will take place during the DCA Fall Conference, which is scheduled for October 10-11, 2018, at the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia. Please go to the DCA homepage to register and/or find out more information about the workshop. Workshop-related questions may also be directed to Dana Mykytyn at (404) 679-5275 or Dana.Mykytyn@dca.ga.gov.

About the Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas 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 Georgians with low and moderate incomes buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

Application windows for prospective RPH providers occur twice yearly, once in the Spring and again in the Fall.  In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Current For-Profit or Non-Profit status with the State of Georgia.
  • Proof of Operation: All applicants must be able to produce minimum financial statements and IRS fillings showing a fully operational business for two (2) years prior to application.

For more information, please contact RPH@dca.ga.gov.

DCA has announced the following awards under the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Support Services/Harm Reduction, and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs for Fiscal Year 2019. The purpose of these programs is to deliver housing support and related services to persons defined as either: (1) “homeless” or “at risk of homelessness,” as (2) eligible “homeless” persons as defined under the S+C program, or as (3) “eligible persons” (lower income persons with HIV/AIDS) as defined for the HOPWA program. For FY2019, DCA received 226 requests totaling $15.1 million. Of the requests, $8.7 million was awarded to 175 programs.

 

**APRIL 4, 2018 COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS**

April 3-9, 2018

"Mountaintop Moments"

Around the world, people will reflect on their own "Mountaintop Moment" - like Dr. King’s, and depict the future as they see it from their "mountaintops." These "inspiramericals" (inspiring commercials) will be depicted through visual art, song, digital media, spoken word and more. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #MLK50Forward and #MountainMoments.

 

January 15-August 28, 2018

50 Acts of Service or Kindness Campaign

Cross the cultural and racial divide by participating in service projects or commit acts of kindness that have a positive impact in your communities by: Pledging to participate on your own or with an existing project or by joining the conversation by using the hashtag #MLK50Forward and #MLK50Kindness.

 

April 4, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize Award Ceremony

(Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Luncheon: 12 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize is The King Center's highest award presented for commitment to nonviolence as a way of life through which social justice, human rights and civil liberties are attained for all. The prize also recognizes achievements in the eradication of poverty and racism, and the successful quest for alternatives to war. Honoring Benjamin Ferencz and Bryan Stevenson.

 

April 4, 2018

Global Bell Ringing & Wreath Laying

(6:01 p.m. CST)

The Global Bell Ringing will begin at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and The King Center in conjunction with the rest of the world. The Wreath Laying, which will include the King Family, will take place at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King here in Atlanta, GA.

 

April 5 - , 2108

Beloved Community Talks: A Special 50th Anniversary Edition**

**Required Registration**

(9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Each day)

Interactive courageous conversations focused on addressing the "Triple Evils" Dr. King emphasized: poverty, racism, and war, featuring the world’s greatest public intellectuals, innovative thinkers, and global policy leaders. Featuring Dr. Bernice A. King, Mariam Wright Edelman, Dr. John A. Powell and George Lakey.

 

MLK50 FORWARD - NEXT GENERATION FOCUS

April 7, 2018

King Centennials Speaks

(11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

The Centennial Generation of "King Children", Miss Yolanda Renee King, Granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Miss Maryn Rippy Granddaughter of AD King, will host an event highlighting youth all over the world doing innovative and extraordinary work for humanity. The program will be co-emceed by Hudson Yang of ABC Fresh off the Boat.

 

April 6 - 8, 2018

Global Faith Leaders of Commemoration

A global call to faith leaders to commemorate Dr. King and his vison for change in weekend services.

 

April 9, 2018

March for Humanity & Love for Humanity Tribute**

**REQUIRED REGISTRATION**

(March: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Morehouse Events: 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

A March in Atlanta beginning in front of Historic Ebenezer and ending at the campus of Morehouse College followed by a Love for Humanity Tribute at Morehouse.  

 

June 23 – 26, 2108

The King Center Impact Presentation

This multi-media Impact presentation chronicles Coretta Scott King’s vision to institutionalize Dr. King’s legacy through a living memorial. Since its inception in 1968, the King Center has made great strides towards the creation of Dr. King’s “Beloved Community”. For the first time, the true story of the evolution of The King Center will be told through documentation, testimonials, interviews, and other irrefutable evidence highlighting its impact on the community, the nation and the world. The presentation will also provide a glimpse into The King Center’s priorities for the next 50 years.

 

June 23 & 24, 2018

Beloved Community International Expo and Festival

The Expo is an opportunity for The King Center (TKC) to create what Dr. King called the “Beloved Community” a community where people of all races, creed, color, and nationality are living and working together in peace and harmony. Presented in collaboration with the local Consul Generals and other key partners, The Expo will transform TKC campus and adjacent streets into a world house where representatives from all seven continents will provide educational and entertaining experiences that effect their culture, language, education, politics, religion, arts, music, entertainment and humanity. For example, attendees will be taught basic words and phrases such as, hello, and how are you in different languages. Touring the countries of the world with symbolic passports, and visas where required, visitors will be able to experience how people around the world, live, work, play and eat. This exposure to other nationalities will help visitors to gain an awareness of, respect for and appreciation of other cultures. Technology will be used to complement the experience. In addition, visitors will be able to thoroughly immerse themselves in other cultures through the international community’s performing and visual art and worldly cuisine.

 

June 25 & 26, 2018

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Global Leadership Summit

The Summit will bring together leaders from across  the world to engage in dialogue about improving diplomatic relations, easing international tensions, promoting nonviolent social change and leadership development. Scholars, educators and others will be invited to present papers on how Dr. King’s leadership has influenced Social Change nationally and internationally. There will also be a presentation on Nonviolence365 (NV365) as a means to create the Beloved Community as well as other promising practices of Nonviolent Social Change that have been employed in areas throughout America and the rest of the world.

 

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