Questions about Affordable Housing? Get Answers Here.

You will likely find many of your inquiries addressed here with the answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you do not find the information you are seeking, we invite you to reach out to us directly.

What is the Atlanta BeltLine doing to provide more affordable housing right now?

  • Working with the City to implement Inclusionary Zoning (IZ), which went into effect in January 2018. IZ requires that any multi-family rental developments above 10 units include 10% affordable units (at 60% AMI) or 15% affordable units (at 80% AMI). As more of the Atlanta BeltLine is built, more housing supply will be built to meet demand. Mandatory IZ will ensure these new developments include affordable units.
  • Strategically selling off old railroad land not needed for trail or transit with a requirement for affordable units tied to the land.
  • Incentivizing developments with affordable units in the Tax Allocation District (TAD) with BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund dollars.
  • Conducting a Community Stabilization Tax Relief Fund study and exploring the possibility of a pilot program. Protecting residents is paramount.
  • Putting together a strategy to use private dollars to buy land for affordable housing sites.
  • Updating master plans and working with the City to include affordability in zoning policies.

Learn more about our affordable housing efforts

How does the Atlanta BeltLine stay on track towards its goal?

In 2005, as part of the Atlanta BeltLine's founding legislation, Atlanta City Council set a goal of creating/ preserving 5,600 affordable units within the BeltLine TAD by the end of 2030. This goal was based upon 20% of anticipated multi-family growth, and BeltLine project revenues. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has a goal of 300 affordable units annually.

The Atlanta BeltLine project and programs were always anticipated to be executed in concert with many public, private, and not-for-profit partners. We work with powerful stakeholders and partners across the city – such as Invest Atlanta, Atlanta Housing Authority, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, City’s Department of Planning, and the development community. ABI itself is not a housing agency.

By working with our housing partners, ABI is on track to meet its goal.

How does ABI define affordability?

ABI’s goal is to create and preserve:

ABI must also work closely with State and City agencies and Atlanta Housing to ensure a mix of affordable housing to residents earning up to 60% of the median income.

* Notes on AMI:

  • In 2020, the median income for a family of 4 is $96,400 per year.
  • That means that families earning 60% of median income earn $57,840 per year.
  • A family working two full-time jobs at minimum wage ($7.25 / hour) earns $30,160 per year.

How can I live on the Atlanta BeltLine?

Affordable housing is a cornerstone of the Atlanta BeltLine vision, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and its public agency partners are committed to securing quality affordable housing for everyone who wants to live in our city. Our goal is to create 5,600 units of affordable workforce housing over twenty-five years.

If you are interested in buying a market-rate home along the Atlanta BeltLine, there are a variety of of available listings, though many of these homes will fall outside of the financial limits associated with downpayment assistance programs.

Learn more about housing opportunities along the Atlanta Beltine

How can I stay in my home on the Atlanta BeltLine?

The Atlanta BeltLine is committed to keeping residents informed of financial opportunities that can help make living along the Atlanta BeltLine affordable. This includes a comprehensive list of organizations and programs that can help current residents remain in their homes.

Learn more about programs designed to maintain affordability for current residents