Atlanta Housing marking 80th anniversary

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Housing Authority is marking its 80th anniversary on Friday with a celebration at its downtown headquarters and the unveiling of a new exhibit.

The housing authority is the largest in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. It provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for nearly 22,000 low-income households made up of about 50,000 people.

The organization is also rebranding itself, and is now calling itself Atlanta Housing, in addition to developing a new logo and revamping its website.

“Atlanta Housing is focusing on innovative ways to increase housing equity in Atlanta,” said Catherine Buell, president and CEO. “When people have the opportunity to live in quality, resource-rich communities, they become connected to and vested in it. Great things are born from that sense of belonging.”

Atlanta Housing has acquired the old Atlanta Civic Center for redevelopment, which will feature retail, commercial, arts and civic space. This project will represent the largest commitment to ensuring equitable housing in the city of Atlanta in more than a decade.

Here are some other Atlanta Housing projects:

Englewood Manor: a mixed-income development next to the BeltLine. Englewood Manor is a former public housing site, now vacant land.Herndon Square: transformation of the former Herndon Homes public housing site into a mixed-use district to support a broader neighborhood transformation. The project, which will break ground this year, will be the pilot for Atlanta Housing’s anti-displacement policy. West Highlands: A community on the former Perry Homes public housing site.Choice Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation: Atlanta Housing, Invest Atlanta and the City of Atlanta have launched a deferred forgivable loan program that provides up to $60,000 in federal funds to eligible Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center homeowners for health and safety repairs on their home.

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