Based on review of the need, affordable housing production in recent years, and capacity, we identified a goal of 3,000 units annually through new production and preservation over the next 8 years. We expect this will meaningfully address the expected annual loss going forward of ~1,500 affordable homes and make a meaningful dent in the existing deficit.
The recommendations aspired to fulfill Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ central campaign promise to invest $1 billion dollars in affordable housing. With that ‘north star’ in mind, the recommendations coming out of HouseATL addressed how we meet our goal to produce or preserve 3,000 units annually. At a high-level, this will require 1) A $1B investment over 8-10 years 2) A focus on community retention to prioritize the community to invest without displacement 3) Working together within and across sectors to coordinate and collaborate and 4) Educate and engage stakeholders and residents.
HouseATL’s progress and priorities through 2018:
- The full taskforce met a total of 9 times from January – September 2018
- There were over 25 working group meetings where the recommendations were formulated
- The Executive Committee also met monthly to direct taskforce priorities
- A group of HouseATL leaders with sponsorship from Enterprise Community Partners and Mercy Housing Southeast traveled to Seattle to see best practices and lessons learned for Atlanta
- The taskforce published 23 data driven recommendations
- Launched HouseATL.org in September 2018
- The City hosted a press conference with Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, where the City embraced HouseATL’s recommendations and appointed Terri M. Lee as Chief Housing Officer (a key recommendation coming out of HouseATL)
- HouseATL has been featured in local media including: WABE, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Saporta Report, and Urban Land Magazine
In December 2018, the taskforce and executive committee pivoted to implementation by forming four key working groups that will advance recommendations by: 1) Empowering Atlantans through education and engagement 2) Launching a comprehensive anti-displacement program 3) Establishing the Funders’ Collective 4) Identifying approaches for key policy interventions at the state and local level
The Full taskforce reconvened in January 2019 and will meet again in June 2019. Working groups identified above will meet throughout 2019.