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Walton Oaks, Augusta
At the Department of Community Affairs, we are focused on creating “communities with opportunities” – thinking out of the box about how to build not just brick and mortar housing, but neighborhoods that connect residents with access to excellent transportation, services, schools, and jobs and provide amazing amenities. Our goal is to find partners who are equally as passionate, then...
Myrtle Terraces, Gainesville
In January of 2015, just within half a mile from the #1 ranked medical center in Georgia, the Beverly J. Searles Foundation, Inc. (“BJS”), a not-for-profit owner of senior living communities, opened Myrtle Terraces at New Holland in Gainesville, Georgia. Myrtle Terraces is a home for individuals aged 55 years or older. The independent lifestyle and amenities that Myrtle Terraces offers to its...
King's Hawaiian: Prime Example of Program Collaboration
Using Funding from REBA, EDGE, and the CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP)/Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), DCA joins with Gainesville/Hall County Development Authority to Create Jobs Next time you bite into a King’s Hawaiian Sweet roll, the odds are that it was made in Oakwood, Georgia. King’s Hawaiian Bakery is a family-owned, bread manufacturing company that...
In collaboration with the Appalachian Regional Commission, DCA awarded $ 300,000 to Hall County to assist with the purchase of approximately 100 acres of land surrounding the historic Healan’s Mill. ARC’s investment will be matched with $ 305,000 in local funds – Hall County and a local non-profit, Friends of Healan’s Mill - in addition to funds the county has already invested to stabilize the...
Georgia receives grant for "Healthy Families" project
This innovative project aims to embed service strategies that bridge the link between health and housing; ultimately, the goal is to develop a model that may be used by other states to build and promote healthy communities. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in partnership with Southface and the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), was awarded $391,962 by The Kresge...
Beasley Forest Products: CDBG Grant Helps Hazlehurst Employer Rebuild
Often, the little things can make a big difference. Hazlehurst, Georgia, population 4,226, is the county seat of Jeff Davis County and for many a pit stop along U.S. Highway 341 to the Golden Isles. And it’s also home to Beasley Forest Products – a 40-year-old, family-owned Georgia business that processes hardwood timber into products such as railroad ties, flooring...

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