Work Completed to Date
HouseATL took a ‘deep-dive’ approach by consulting all recent analyses on housing affordability in the City of Atlanta. The team looked at strategies and recommendations from Invest Atlanta, Enterprise Community Partners, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Urban Land Institute, and Atlanta Housing to determine what the need for affordable housing in the City of Atlanta. All analyses pointed to the need for 2,000 – 3,000 new and preserved homes annually over the next ten years. The taskforce did thorough research and cataloguing of resources, platforms, and research to lay the groundwork for our findings. Specifically, we:
- Conducted an audit of all recommendations and platforms that are specifically focused on Atlanta to identify common themes (e.g. production, preservation, and funding) leverage and highlight the excellent work that has already been completed. The audit can be found here.
- Compiled reports and recommendations from across the country to address specific issues. National reports and resources that were consulted:
- Consulted local institutions and reports on key issues:
- The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta provided ongoing support of data and policy resources.
- The Atlanta Regional Commission provided support to understand the spatial and geographic aspects to affordability.
- The Urban Land Institute leveraged their local membership as well as ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing and all associated resources.
- Kutak Rock, Emory University, and research through GSU have helped inform the feasibility of potentially new public funding source.
- The Atlanta Regional Commission and Atlanta Housing provided information to inform how publicly owned land and other public/ institutional assets could be used to create more affordable housing and contribute to an investment strategy.
- A targeted group of HouseATL members explored how changes in the regulatory environment could reduce the cost to produce and preserve affordable housing, allow subsidies to go further, and better harness the power of the private sector.
- Local reports that were consulted:
- Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. – Affordable Housing Working Group Final Report (2018)
- Atlanta Housing – Vision 2022 plan
- Bleakly Advisory Group – Affordable Atlanta (2018)
- City of Atlanta – Housing Needs Assessment (forthcoming)
- Dan Immergluck – Affordable housing as infrastructure
- Invest Atlanta – Housing strategy for the City of Atlanta (2015)
- Partners for HOME – Strategic Plan for Homelessness
- Westside Future Fund – Resident Retention Strategy
- HouseATL also consulted local and national experts on affordability issues, challenges, and strategies:
- In February, we heard from Ann Carpenter at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta lay the groundwork for the state of affordable housing in the City of Atlanta
- In March, Catherine Buell with the Atlanta Housing Authority gave an update on AHA’s strategic priorities that resulted from their Vision 2022 plan. Ken Bleakly from Bleakly Advisory Group presented on a study for the five-core counties and City of Atlanta done with ULI Atlanta.
- In April, City Innovation Department and Georgia Tech provided an overview on best practices for engaging residents and the broader community, and lessons learned from the Community Engagement Playbook.
- In May, we brought in Mark Willis, Senior Policy Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, to begin a conversation on ways to think about existing public funding sources and potential new public funding sources for affordable housing, based on experiences from across the country.
- In June, Mark Croswell of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and Marjy Stagmeier at TriStar presented on how we can expand private resources for affordability housing and community retention by growing local philanthropic support and impact investing.
- In July, we heard from Benjamin Limmer at MARTA to think through how a housing strategy can best coordinate with transportation investments and inform the ‘More MARTA’ priorities for more equitable growth for the city.
- In late August, HouseATL with Enterprise Community Partners and Mercy Housing Southeast took a group to Seattle to see best practices and lessons learned for policy and funding ideas in action and build relationships within Seattle’s affordable housing community.
- In September, HouseATL, Transformation Alliance, and Georgia Stand-Up conducted two focus groups to obtain direct resident engagement and feedback of this process.On September 18, 2018, HouseATL launched its final recommendations. The energy that percolated over the last 10 months will now pivot toward implementation, benchmarking, and tracking the progress on these recommendations, which can be found in the recommendations tab.
On September 18, 2018, HouseATL launched its final recommendations. The energy that percolated over the last 10 months will now pivot toward implementation, benchmarking, and tracking the progress on these recommendations, which can be found in the recommendations tab.