Category Archives: Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Advocates Target Georgia Legislature

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, March 08, 2016, Housing Georgia brought together hundreds of people to advocate and educate legislators about housing solutions and to lobby for several bills working their way through the General Assembly.   Housing Georgia is a diverse statewide coalition that advocates and educates for safe, decent, and affordable homes for Georgians.   Georgia has a […]

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47,000 Apply to Georgia DCA for Housing Vouchers in First 24 Hours

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) opened its wait list for rental vouchers to new applicants statewide, and the results have been overwhelming.   Within the first 24 hours, the agency has received approximately 47,000 applications, according to Jana Wiggins, a DCA spokesperson.   That is more than three times the number of households that currently […]

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Atlanta City Council Passes Affordable Housing Impact Statements

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(APN) ATLANTA — The City Council of Atlanta passed an ordinance providing for Affordable Housing Impact Statements in a unanimous vote of fourteen to zero at its Full Council Meeting on today, Monday, November 16, 2015.   The ordinance passed as part of today’s Consent Agenda.  Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (District 4) was absent.   The ordinance was drafted […]

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Peoplestown Homeowners Get Meetings with Mayor Reed after Holding Sit-In

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents fighting to save their homes in Peoplestown held a sit-in at City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office on November 04, 2015.  As a result of their action, they have a series of back-to-back meetings scheduled with Mayor Reed for December 01, 2015.   As Atlanta Progressive News previously has reported, Tanya Washington, and Robert and […]

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Atlanta Council Committee Approves Housing Ordinance Drafted By APN Editor


(APN) ATLANTA — The City of Atlanta is one step closer to adopting a tool to measure how the City Council’s public policy decisions affect the City’s affordable housing stock.   On Monday, November 09, 2015 the Community Development/Human Resources Committee (CD/HR) unanimously approved an ordinance that requires the City’s Office of Housing to prepare Affordable Housing Impact Statements for […]

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Peoplestown Residents Camp at City Hall To Save Their Homes

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(APN) ATLANTA — Residents of Peoplestown who are fighting to save their homes camped out at City Hall with supporters on October 22, 2015.   They are neighbors of Mattie Jackson, 93, a community leader whose home was facing demolition to make way for a park and water retention pond conceived by the Atlanta Department of Watershed Management as a […]

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Pittsburgh Joins Atlanta in considering Affordable Housing Impact Statements


(APN) ATLANTA — The Community Development/Human Resources Committee of the City Council of Atlanta is set to vote on Affordable Housing Impact Statements (AHIS) at its upcoming meeting on Monday, November 09, 2015, according to Chairman Andre Dickens (Post 3-at-large).   Facebook event page:   The held Atlanta ordinance is 14-O-1614:   APN’s News Editor–the present writer–drafted […]

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Victory as Mayor Reed Declares Mattie Jackson Can Stay in her Home

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.  Photograph (screenshot) courtesy of Joyce Dorsey.   (APN) ATLANTA — Community leader Mattie Jackson, 93, will not be forced out of her home. Mayor Kasim Reed made that promise to Jackson and her supporters in a meeting earlier today, on October 08, 2015.   In September 2015, Atlanta Progressive News broke the story […]

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ANALYSIS: AFCRA Betrayed the Turner Field Communities


Editorial by Anna Simonton, Staff Writer and News Analyst; and Matthew Charles Cardinale, News Editor.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority (AFCRA) has officially invited developers to bid on Turner Field, despite the fact that the public input process regarding community benefits has just gotten started – a move that amounts to a stab in the […]

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AJC Politifact Rates APN Editor’s Housing Claim “TRUE”


“Truth-o-meter” graphic reprinted here for educational and informational purposes only.   (APN) ATLANTA — The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) newspaper and Politifact have weighed in on the accuracy of a recent statement made by Matthew Charles Cardinale, the News Editor and CEO of Atlanta Progressive News, regarding the need for more affordable housing in Atlanta; and determined the assertion to be […]

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Tiny Home Movement Arrives in Atlanta

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(APN) ATLANTA — The Tiny Home Movement is rapidly spreading across the country from Washington State to Florida.  A tiny home is anything under 500 square feet.   Atlanta is beginning to join the Tiny Home Movement, in part due to the work of Will Johnston.  He hosts monthly meetings to advocate and educate the public and politicians on the […]

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What a Fair Housing Victory in the U.S. Supreme Court Means for Atlanta


With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — A decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S. handed down this summer, 2015, could affect affordable housing policies and practices in Georgia.   On September 02, 2015, the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum held a panel discussion on the landmark case, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. […]

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Mattie Jackson, Neighbors Vow to Stay, as UDC Adopts Findings

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale.   (APN) ATLANTA — On Wednesday, September 09, 2015 the Department of Watershed Management petitioned the Urban Design Commission for the demolition of homes, including seven they do not currently own or have under contract.   Over thirty members of the public, including four current residents, showed up and voiced their opposition to […]

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Atlanta’s New Planning Commissioner Signals Concern for Housing Affordability

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(APN) ATLANTA — Tim Keane, who began work as the City of Atlanta’s new Commissioner for the Department of Planning and Community Development in July 2015, says he is concerned about affordable housing for the City of Atlanta.   Keane is interested in “having this Department’s community development do much greater things than we’re doing now, particularly in ensuring a […]

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Emergency Vigil for Mattie Jackson, Peoplestown Block Held; Demolition Hearing Today

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(APN) ATLANTA — One dozen supporters gathered for a press conference and vigil to save ninety-three year old Mattie Jackson’s home on Tuesday, September 08, 2015.   The family coordinated the event with Occupy Our Homes Atlanta.   Currently, her neighborhood in Summerhill-Peoplestown is slated to be turned into a series of stormwater retention ponds.   “It is very sad […]

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