Housing in the Atlanta Region

ARC’s housing policies cover a broad array of issues important to the region’s local governments and housing-focused organizations. These include the region’s housing affordability, housing options, neighborhood redevelopment, and transit-oriented development (TOD).

ARC’s housing policies are identified in The Atlanta Region’s Plan, the region’s comprehensive blueprint for regional development. To summarize, ARC promotes a variety of housing choices, affordable to a wide range of households, in locations throughout the region that are accessible to jobs and services.

It is the policy of ARC to:

  • Support local jurisdictions through resources and technical assistance.
  • Encourage local communities to increase housing options near large employment centers.
  • Support the preservation of existing, and the construction of new, mixed-income housing near transit and employment centers.
  • Encourage local communities to diversify housing options within existing neighborhoods.

Organizations

ARC is involved in several nonprofit organizations that help develop, influence and implement housing policy throughout the region.

The TransFormation Alliance is a diverse group of organizations dedicated to creating thriving,

Proposed housing near the King Memorial MARTA station in Downtown Atlanta.

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 Forum is a quarterly educational event that engages 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 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.

Programs

ARC has several programs that impact housing around the region.

This development in downtown Woodstock is part of an LCI study area.

The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) awards planning grants on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations. LCI grants have been used to study almost every MARTA station and the zoning that would allow a mix of uses around them. Grants are also used to study the housing mix in a given market.

The Community Choices program provides cities and counties with the tools, technical assistance, and resources to help cities and counties create communities that best suit their unique visions. This has recently included housing inventories to study housing quality and need.

Local Comprehensive Plans outlines a community’s development framework, recognizing the physical, economic, social, political, aesthetic, and other factors of that community. Housing is not required in a comprehensive plan, but most evaluate housing needs, cost burdens, and trends. ARC prepares comprehensive plans at no cost for many communities in the region.

 ARC Groups

Along with Community Development, there are other groups in ARC that include housing in their work programs.

The Research & Analytics Group provides accurate, objective data and analysis about housing in the region. It is frequently asked to provide analysis of housing data, including producing various reports and blog posts at https://33n.atlantaregional.com/.

The Aging & Independence Services Group led the development of a housing policy brief on the needs of the older adult population, including supporting documents for each county in the region. The reports included statistics related to senior renters and homeowners in each county and in the region overall.