For questions regarding affordable housing initiatives, please contact:
Director of Housing Policy and Development
Tel: (404) 477-3557
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The City of Atlanta intentionally incorporated affordable housing through the legislatively-mandated goal of creating 5,600 affordable workforce housing units over the life of the program.
Since 2005, there have been 2,000 affordable workforce units created in the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area by ABI, Invest Atlanta, the Atlanta Housing Authority, and the State Department of Community Affairs. As of fall 2016, there are an additional 250 units in various stages of development within active projects. Over the next three years, ABI will invest more than $18 million to support an additional 425 to 600 units.
Between 2006 and the end of 2016, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. has achieved:
Though overall housing development around the Atlanta BeltLine is strong, our ability to meet the project’s goal of 5,600 affordable workforce housing units requires enhanced or new tools and strategies.
In order to reach the Atlanta BeltLine’s ambitious goals, we welcome the opportunity to work closely with key public and private partners on programs, policies, and funding that will make affordable housing a realistic opportunity for all who wish to live in and around the Atlanta BeltLine. We invite others to join us in making Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods affordable for all.
In 2015, ABI completed an Integrated Action Plan (IAP) to determine how to best achieve the 2005 Redevelopment Plan’s ambitious economic development and housing goals. The approach of the IAP is practical and action-oriented. It concentrates on fiscal years 2016 to 2020 while establishing a longer-term general framework through 2030.
The Atlanta BeltLine’s current efforts for affordable housing center around the following programs:
|Hodges Family||Johna Jamison|
|The Hodges Family discuss how they were able to by their home through the Atlanta BeltLine’s partnership with the Federal Home Bank of Atlanta.||Johna Jamison discusses her one bedroom, 1.5 bath condo she purchased with the downpayment assistance from the Atlanta BeltLine Housing Initiative Program.|
In 2015, ABI completed an Integrated Action Plan to determine how to best achieve the 2005 Redevelopment Plan’s ambitious economic development and housing goals. The approach of the IAP is practical and action-oriented. It concentrates on fiscal years 2016 to 2020 while establishing a longer-term general framework through 2030.
Key strategies of the Integrated Action Plan include:
Key projects of the Integrated Action Plan include:
To view applications, guidelines, and contact information please visit Invest Atlanta’s Multifamily Developer Grants here, and download the “Residential Development Incentives Application.”
The transformative nature of the Atlanta BeltLine will impact housing availability and affordability in and around the corridor. In anticipation of changing realities, 15% of net TAD bond proceeds are reserved for workforce or affordable housing. BAHAB is designed to make recommendations for maximizing the use of tax allocation dollars.
In 2012, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., the Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board, and Enterprise Community Partners developed an affordable housing strategy for the Atlanta BeltLine. The study identified the existing and future inventory needed for affordable housing. It also created tools and financial models for developers to build affordable housing along Atlanta BeltLine. Through the end of 2016, this funding, in conjunction with Invest Atlanta, has helped create 1,115 affordable housing units in the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area. Throughout the TAD, 10,777 housing units have been created.
The Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC) was created to maintain affordability in neighborhoods at risk for displacement and gentrification as a result of the Atlanta BeltLine development. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood-based Developers (AHAND) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation led more than 30 public, private, non-profit, and community organizations for more than two years to bring the ALTC into existence in December 2009. ALTC brings needed development expertise and capacity with a focus on permanent affordable housing and transit oriented development. Learn more.
We archive important documents relating to our affordable housing initiatives. If you are unable to locate a particular document, please contact us for assistance.
|Mixed Income Transit Oriented Development Strategy||ABI, BAHAB, Enterprise Community Partners, and Bleakly Advisory Group, Inc. together developed a series of recommendations to implement Mixed Income Transit Oriented Development. Download the presentation given to Atlanta City Council in March 2013.|
|Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing Case Study||Detailed report about the Lofts at Reynoldstown Crossing project.|
|BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board 2010 Annual Briefing||Presentation that outlines BAHAB's guiding principles, framework, components and target audience. Recaps BAHAB's work plan and progress in 2010. Highlights accomplishments and future plans.|
|Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund Developer Grants||Application for funding for Multi-Family and Single-Family Developer Grants. Grants are available to Multi-Family Developers from the BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund to finance multifamily developments along the Atlanta BeltLine.|
|BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board Affordable Housing Trust Fund Recommendations||BAHAB's policy recommendations to BAHTF, complete with detailed rationale and supporting appendices.|
|BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board Statement of Guiding Principles||BAHAB is a citizens advisory board was created by the City of Atlanta in connection with the BeltLine TAD and outlines its guiding principles in this document.|
|BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board Bylaws||BAHAB is a citizens advisory board was created by the City of Atlanta in connection with the BeltLine TAD and outlines its bylaws in this document.|
If you are looking to buy a market-rate home along the Atlanta BeltLine, the links below will take you to home searches without a purchase price limit. Many of these homes will fall outside of the financial limits associated with downpayment assistance programs. ABI is providing these home searches as a tool to help citizens search for real estate for sale near the Atlanta BeltLine, but does not provide advice nor act as a broker. Interested homebuyers will need to work with their own real estate agents and lenders. Happy house hunting!
|Hodges Family||Johna Jamison|
|The Hodges Family discuss how they were able to by their homethrough the Atlanta BeltLine’s partnership with the Federal Home Bank of Atlanta.||Johna Jamison discusses her one bedroom, 1.5 bath home she purchased with the downpayment assistance from the Atlanta BeltLine Housing Initiative Program.|
To search for rental housing, including all state-funded affordable housing properties, in the city of Atlanta and Atlanta Beltline, please visit the Georgia Housing Search website.
There are many options for living along the Atlanta BeltLine for a variety of incomes. Below is a list of affordable housing options and information to learn more about leasing opportunities. This list is limited to apartment complexes in which Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and Invest Atlanta have supported affordable housing.
There are a number of ways to qualify for various exemptions for housing along the Atlanta BeltLine.
Homeowner must be a City of Atlanta or Fulton County resident and be the primary resident (as of January 1st) of the home to which the exemption will apply.
Homeowner qualifications are the same as the Basic Homestead Exemption, plus the resident must be 65 or older before January 1st, and cannot have a yearly net income exceeding $40,000.
Homeowner must be a resident of the City of Atlanta, 65 years or older, and annual household income cannot exceed $39,000 for the preceding taxable year.
Homeowner must be the surviving spouse of a firefighter or peace officer killed in the line of duty, and must reside at the property to which this exemption will apply.
In the fall of 2016, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership partnered with Home Place Consulting to provide a series of homeowner empowerment workshops designed to make sure existing homeowners in Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods are equipped to take advantage of available resources to stay in their homes or knowledgeably evaluate opportunities if they are considering selling. The workshops were very well attended and additional free workshops are planned for the spring of 2017. Learn more and check out upcoming workshop dates.
Thank you to Citizens Trust Bank for their sponsorship of the upcoming 2017 workshops.
The purpose of this guide is to make individuals aware of the resources available to help them remain in their homes. The guide provides a list of organizations and programs that can help, including contact information and details on how to qualify for and obtain assistance. The guide is organized by the type of assistance offered.
As the redevelopment arm of the City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta oversees the Atlanta BeltLine TAD and collaborates on housing efforts. Through the end of 2016, Invest Atlanta and ABI have helped to create 1,115 affordable housing units in the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area and 785 in the Tax Allocation District. Learn more about Invest Atlanta.
ABI partnered with Enterprise on the Affordable Housing Strategy (MITODIS), which was released in 2013. Enterprise’s mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. Enterprise is a national organization with a local presence and deep expertise in catalysts for systemic change: impact capital, innovative solutions on the ground and transformative public policy. Learn more about Enterprise.
The Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative (ALTC) was created to maintain affordability in neighborhoods at risk for displacement and gentrification as a result of the Atlanta BeltLine development. The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, the Atlanta Housing Association of Neighborhood-based Developers (AHAND) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation led more than 30 public, private, non-profit, and community organizations for more than two years to bring the ALTC into existence in December 2009. ALTC brings needed development expertise and capacity with a focus on permanent affordable housing and transit oriented development. Learn more about the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative.
ABI works closely with Habitat for Humanity to rehabilitate homeowner’s houses along the Westside Trail to make them safe, warm, and dry. This initiative took place in 2015 and 2016 as part of a partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Atlanta Habitat for Humanity partners with working families, sponsors, and communities to build affordable, green, quality homes and to provide support services that promote successful home purchase and ownership. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity Atlanta.
ABI also works closely with HouseProud Atlanta, Inc. on the owner-occupied rehabilitation program to help make critical repairs to homeowner’s houses along the Westside Trail. This initiative took place in 2015 and 2016 as part of a partnership with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. HouseProud’s program provides no-cost repairs to low-income seniors living in the greater downtown Atlanta neighborhoods. The primary goal of HouseProud is to keep homeowners warm, safe and dry in their existing homes. Learn more about HouseProud.