Informing and Empowering the Community
Through its Empowerment initiative, the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership works to understand opportunities and challenges to equitable health, housing and economic opportunity that affect residents of Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods — connecting those residents with partners and resources that empower those who call the BeltLine home.
In 2020 – thanks to generous funding from Wells Fargo and Bank of America – the Partnership will work with best of class strategic partners to conduct a series of workshops designed to help lower income legacy residents of Westside and Southside Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods understand the tools and resources available to them to remain in their homes amid the challenges of rising property taxes. Additional workshops will focus on helping renters understand their rights as tenants and how those who rent currently can best prepare themselves to move toward home ownership. An existing homeowner resource guide will also be updated and revised to address the needs of both renters and homeowners.
Following is a list of the planned workshops and the partners who will facilitate them:
- Your Rights as a Renter and how to find help when you need it fast in partnership with the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
- Should I Stay or Sell? Your home’s worth, how to stay in it and what to think about before selling in partnership with House Proud, the Home Repair Network and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity
- Lower My Property Taxes by filing for Homestead Exemption in partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid Society and Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Appeal an Unfair Tax Assessment to lower and freeze your property taxes in partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid Society
- How to Buy a Home and decide of homeownership is right for you in partnership with SUMMECH Community Development and Atlanta Land Trust
Here’s the promotional flier for the workshops for the first half of 2020. Click here for a downloadable version in PDF format.
Resources for Our Community
Use resources below to help you with your housing needs. We will add more resources as they become available.
|Workforce Empowerment Resource Guide|
Thanks to generous funding from the IHG Foundation and developed in partnership with the Metro Atlanta eXchange (MAX), this guide was created to make individuals aware of the resources available to help them gain the skills and training needed to guide them through the workforce pipeline. The guide provides a list of organizations and programs, including contact information and details on how to qualify for and obtain assistance.
|Renters Right Workshop Video|
Watch highlights of our first Home Empowerment Workshop of 2020: Your Rights as a Renter. The workshop was held January 27, 2020 at The Ke’Nekt in Atlanta’s Westview neighborhood. The workshop was facilitated by attorneys from the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation. Thanks to Bank of America and Wells Fargo for their sponsorship of our 2020 Home Empowerment Workshops.
|External Website, Videos|
|Tax Exemptions Trifold Brochure 2019|
This guide offers homeowners instructions on how to file their tax assessments.
|Homeowner Resources Guide|
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.
|Homeowner Empowerment Workshop Video|
Watch first homeowner empowerment workshop of 2017. The workshop was led by consultant Tia McCoy and several others made informative presentations. Thanks to Citizens Trust Bank for their generous sponsorship of the 2017 homeowner empowerment workshops.
Sign Up for Free Workshops
Register for FREE to secure your spot. Select the workshop date and register via the Eventbrite ticket form below.
We work with partners to provide free workshops and resources to residents.
Special Notice About Currently Scheduled Workshops
The health and safety of our home empowerment workshop participants is of primary importance to us. As such, we are cancelling our home empowerment workshops scheduled for Monday, March 16 and Saturday, March 21. If you’d like to download materials from the workshop, they can be found using the links below. We are tentatively planning to proceed with the April 18 workshop listed below and will re-evaluate this decision as that workshop date draws nearer. Please continue to check this website page for updates.
How to Buy a Home
10:00-11:30 am, Saturday, April 18, 2020
RSVP: Call (404) 446-4404 or RSVP now for the following workshop
Update: Due to COVID-19, this workshop will not be hosted in person. We are making arrangements to do the workshop “virtually”. If you’ve already registered for the workshop, you will receive instructions on how to access the virtual workshop. If you have not yet registered, please do so using the link above. Workshop materials will be available online prior to the workshop. Also, please note the new workshop time: 10:00 – 11:30 am.
Additional workshop dates, times and locations will be posted here as they become available.