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Program Description

The Revitalization Area Strategies (RAS) designation provides incentives to communities who implement comprehensive redevelopment activities for targeted areas in their city or county. A local government with a RAS designation may receive bonus points on its annual CDBG application and the ability to apply annually for CDBG funds for three years, provided that all DCA timeliness criteria are met.

The RAS program was introduced by DCA in 2005 after conferring with local government elected officials, local government and regional commission staff members and consultants.

The program rewards a comprehensive, collaborative approach that includes private and public partners. RAS Areas must be in census block group(s) with 20% or greater poverty where an Urban Redevelopment Plan has been adopted.  For RAS bonus points to be applied to the CDBG application, the CDBG activity must take place within a DCA-designated “Revitalization Area.”


Poverty Data

DCA will  now accept poverty data from either of the three most recent American Community Survey (ACS) years: ACS 2011 – 2015, 2010 – 2014, or 2009 – 2013. DCA has updated its interactive map to show Census Block Group poverty data for all of these years. You can find the years’ data by selecting it under the “Layers” tab at the top of the map. The web link to the map is:

Poverty Map


Downloads & Related Links

Revitalization Area Strategies Manual 2018 (PDF)
Revitalization Area Strategies Form 1 (PDF)
Revitalization Area Strategies Form 2 (PDF)


Contact Information

Email CDBG

Georgia Department of Community Affairs
60 Executive Park South, N.E.
Atlanta, Georgia 30329-2231