Metro Atlanta has long been an affordable place to live, helping fuel our explosive growth. We need to invest in housing in order to keep this competitive advantage and meet the needs of households across the region.
Good housing options should be widely available, in communities large and small, urban and suburban. We all need places to live that won’t break our budgets while offering access to vital resources like healthy food, proximity to job centers, and quality transportation options.
The trend lines are clear: housing prices are rising much faster than wages. The supply of housing isn’t keeping up with our fast-growing population, further boosting costs.
More than one in three households in our region are “cost burdened” – that is, they spend more than 30% of their income on housing. A strategic, regional approach is needed to increase supply, reduce costs, and preserve affordable units.
Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy
The Atlanta Regional Commission has developed the Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy, an interactive, digital toolkit which provides detailed information and data about the region’s housing market and offers a set of actionable steps local communities can take to address their housing challenges.
The goal is to foster a greater mix of housing options in the region, reflective of each community’s specific housing needs.
The Metro Atlanta Housing Strategy identifies six overarching strategies – levers that must be turned in order to bring about meaningful change. These strategies are:
- Increase housing supply to promote affordability by providing the necessary tools for developers to contribute to the supply of both market-rate and affordable housing units.
- Preserve supply of affordable housing units to ensure that they remain accessible to low- to moderate-income households.
- Reduce housing and transportation costs by increasing housing options near job centers and advancing mobility options throughout the region.
- Expand capital resources by providing financial incentives and mechanisms to foster the creation and preservation of affordable housing units.
- Promote housing stability to ensure that residents can remain in their homes and communities.
- Develop leadership and collaboration on housing to promote and enable education, communication, and collaboration around housing issues.
Other ARC Resources
ARC implements work related housing through a range of programs, such as the Livable Centers Initiative and Community Choices. The agency also regularly works with local communities to develop comprehensive plans.
Join the conversation
ARC is involved in several nonprofit organizations that help develop, influence and implement housing policy throughout the region.
The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, co-hosted by ARC and the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, is a quarterly educational event designed to engage affordable housing and community development stakeholders from a broad cross-section of audiences. The forum attracts regional and national leaders to speak on current housing issues including: affordable housing, transportation, healthy communities, and other related matters.
The TransFormation Alliance is a diverse group of organizations dedicated to creating thriving, mixed-income communities anchored by transit and linked to all the opportunities and amenities that make Atlanta great. Partners include MARTA as well as other government agencies, private businesses, and the nonprofit community. The Alliance works to find land, collaborate with developers, and partner with transit providers to identify and develop resources for predevelopment, construction, and gap financing solutions for those willing to include affordable TOD principles.
The Atlanta Regional Housing Task Force was created in 2017 by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and ARC in order to offer connections for local HUD grantees and stakeholders. The task force members – including cities, counties, PHAs, and other HUD grantees – share data, create regional policies and tools, and discuss strategies for shared regional housing outcomes.
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing consists of several jurisdictions who work to improve their qualities of life and economic vitality by developing and sharing local housing and redevelopment strategies. GICH is a three-year program of technical assistance and cross-community sharing.