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City of Albany selected for state housing initiative

Five Georgia communities are selected each year for a UGA-designed program

ALBANY — The city of Albany is one of five Georgia communities selected to participate in a three-year program designed to address the participants’ housing needs.

Albany, Douglasville, Perry, Porterdale and Rincon have been selected to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, a collaboration of the Housing and Demographics Research Center and the Office of the Vice President for Public Outreach at the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Municipal Association.

Funded by the Georgia Power Co. with in-kind services provided by UGA’s Archway Partnership and Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the program offers participating communities’ housing teams facilitation, instruction and technical assistance as they design and implement a housing program to improve both the quality of life of their citizens and the communities’ economic conditions.

The centerpiece of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program is a series of retreats at which housing team members work separately with facilitators/housing professionals and engage in cross-community sharing and collaboration. Each community receives continuous feedback throughout the three-year program.

Applications to be a part of the program were received by Sept. 6, and representatives of the program followed up with site visits. Communities were selected based on need and the ability to benefit from the program.

The city’s housing team will attend the first workshop at a retreat in February.

Questions may be addressed to Laura McCool at the city of Albany’s Department of Community and Economic Development at (229) 483-7629 or lmccool@albany.ga.us.