HouseATL originated in 2018 as a coalition of the willing – initiated through the convening power and resources of the visionary founders described below. More than 200 civic leaders came together to develop a bold plan with 23 actionable recommendations to increase affordable housing – a call to action to all of Atlanta, but in particular to our civic leadership. This coalition defined the problems, identified the barriers to success, took a data-driven approach, and engaged in thoughtful problem-solving so that civic and business leadership in Atlanta would have a shared, comprehensive set of policies and adequate funding to address housing affordability.

In 2019, HouseATL organized itself into working groups to advance some of those 23 recommendations. HouseATL had barely begun implementation when the pandemic hit, but the network that was built positioned HouseATL to respond. During the pandemic, HouseATL’s working groups pivoted to address the changing housing needs of Atlantans. Participants maintained trust and goodwill under stress as people tried to figure out new mechanisms to scale rental assistance, protect vulnerable residents and recommend effective uses of new federal funds.

In late 2021, HouseATL’s leadership moved to formalize HouseATL as an ongoing entity. HouseATL became fiscally sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta with a memorandum of understanding that outlines governance responsibilities for a HouseATL Advisory Board. The Advisory Board hired its first staff in 2022, established a membership structure and created consistent roles for Working Group Co-Chairs.

Founding Partners

These visionary entities below convened civic leaders in 2018 to join a table that became HouseATL. These founding partner organizations had the foresight to make a table where a breadth of people could find a meaningful way to contribute.

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Fall 2017

Founding partners host educational series for political candidates and make resource commitments to develop coalition

Winter 2017

Case statement developed and stakeholders recruited

Spring 2018

Launch of “coalition of the willing” with monthly gatherings; Executive Committee formed; Working Groups formed; Research and problem statement development

Summer 2018

Peer exchange to Seattle; Working Groups propose recommendations

Fall 2018

23 strategic recommendations finalized and website launched

Winter 2018

Funders Collective launches

Spring 2019

Mayor responds with One Atlanta Housing Plan; Newsletter launched; and 100 Great Ideas Campaign conducted

Summer 2019

Pipeline Review committee initiated and Policy advocacy conducted Qualified Allocation Plan

Fall 2019

Pipeline Review committee supports preservation of Capitol View as inaugural project

Winter 2019

Atlanta Affordable Housing Fund launched

Spring 2020

Case studies developed

Summer 2020

Prioritizing Communities coordinates emergency assistance and eviction prevention service providers

Fall 2020

Policy Working Group advocates for Housing Opportunity Bond

Spring 2021

Survey conducted to inform priorities and Prioritizing Communities Working Group completes report on emergency assistance

Summer 2021

ULI concludes staffing support and Pipeline Review committee launches Neighborly application

Fall 2021

Advisory Board signs agreement with Community Foundation to be fiscal sponsor

Winter 2021

Executive Committee converts to Advisory Board

Spring 2022

Advisory Board conducts staff search

Summer 2022

Executive Director hired

Fall 2022

Board job description, bylaws and officers formalized and membership structure approved

Winter 2022

Membership process initiated with 115 people joining

Spring 2023

Launched new Homeownership Working Group, welcomed new Board directors, and initiated strategic planning update

Summer 2023

Partnered with ULI Atlanta on a refresh of their 5-county housing study