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DCA Press Releases: 2010

DCA Collaborates With Statewide Partners to Perform the 2011 Homeless Count in More Than 60 Georgia Communities   (12/20/2010)
During the last week in January, 2011, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs will partner with over 60 communities around the state to conduct a count of homeless families and individuals in Georgia. The count will provide data on families and individuals who meet the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) definition of homelessness. In the process of collecting that data, counties will also collect data on families and individuals who are precariously housed and in danger of becoming homeless. DCA is partnering with Kennesaw State University who will use the data collected to create a statistical estimate of the number of homeless individuals statewide. The planned count will use short surveys asking people where they spent the night of January 23, 2011 Surveys will be administered during the last week of January 2011 at locations where homeless persons are likely to seek help, as well as “hot spots” where homeless people are known to gather. DCA is providing the survey instrument, training, technical assistance, data input, and data analysis for participating counties.

Five New Communities Chosen to Participate in GICH    (11/22/2010)
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) announced the selection of five Georgia communities – Auburn, Barrow County, Eatonton, Sylvania, and Washington - to participate in a three-year program developed to assist them with their housing needs. GICH is a collaborative initiative of the Housing and Demographics Research Center (HDRC) at the University of Georgia (UGA), the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). GICH is partially funded by the Georgia Power Company, the U.S. Department of Agriculture - Rural Development, and the Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation, and is supported by the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation and the University of Georgia Archway Partnership Program through in-kind services.

Bloom Named To State Board Of Georgia Department Of Community Affairs   (8/25/2010)
Attorney Simon H. Bloom, III, 39, has been named to the state board of the Department of Community Affairs, Governor Sonny Perdue announced Friday. Bloom, founder of The Bloom Law Firm in Atlanta, will represent the 5th Congressional District on the board. The 5th District includes Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton counties.

Stimulus Project Comes On Line Providing Housing for the Elderly   (8/16/2010)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs and Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the first of the stimulus projects to come on line. Last week, Antigua Place Phase II located in Moultrie became the first stimulus project to receive the certificates of occupancy for the 40 unit project reserved for the elderly. By receiving the certificates of occupancy, the project may be occupied for everyday use. Antigua Place Phase II consists of 20 one and 20 two bedroom apartments. The project received $2 million under the Tax Credit Exchange Program which was enacted under the American Recover Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Seven (7) New Projects Awarded to Balance of State Continuum of Care   (7/28/2010)
Commissioner Mike Beatty and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced that projects in the Balance of State Continuum of Care will receive an additional $3.6 million in funding from U.S. Housing and Urban Development to support an additional seven (7) Continuum of Care projects.

DCA's Georgia Dream Homeownership Program Offers Historically Low Rates   (7/27/2010)
Commissioner Mike Beatty and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced historically low rates on its Georgia Dream Homeownership Program’s First Mortgage Loans. “It’s a great time for potential home buyers to take advantage of our lowest interest rates ever,” said Beatty. “Many of the families that missed taking advantage of the $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit can still achieve their dream of homeownership by combining these low rates with one of our down payment assistance loan options.”

THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS RECEIVES MORE THAN $1,000,000 IN HUD-VASH PROGRAM FUNDING   (7/27/2010)
DCA will provide permanent rental housing for 275 homeless veterans The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced it has received $1,073,589 in funding from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH) to provide DCA 275 vouchers for homeless veterans in Georgia. “As a result of these funds homeless veterans will get permanent housing assistance through HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV),” said Mike Beatty, DCA Commissioner. “In addition to the rental assistance, the local Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VMACs) will provide supportive services and case management to eligible homeless veterans.”

Turner, Heiskell & Williamson To Assume DCA Board Leadership Slots July 1st   (6/9/2010)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs Board recently elected Frank Turner, Jr., Bebe Heiskell and Hugh “Bruce” Williamson, III as its new chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively. New officers were elected at DCA’s June 2nd board meeting in Atlanta. Previously, James “Billy” Croker, Nathan Dean and Bebe Heiskell served as the board’s chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively. The newly elected officers assume their positions on July 1, 2010.

Home buyers and real estate professionals receiving valuable education at the Third Annual Housing Summit on June 19th   (6/1/2010)
In a changing economy and real estate market, education is the key to supporting homeownership and sustaining Georgia’s communities. In promotion of June’s Homeownership Month, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs is partnering with the Georgia Homeownership Alliance (GHA) to host their annual Housing Summit on June 19th at the Atlanta Technical College from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This free event will provide education and resources to consumers and industry professionals interested in creating and maintaining homeownership.

City of Winder Designated As Georgia’s Nineteenth WaterFirst® Community    (5/5/2010)
At a ceremony filled with Winder’s “top notch” team Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Assistant Commissioner Mike Gleaton announced the designation of the state’s nineteenth WaterFirst® Community. The ceremony, attended by community leaders and local and state officials, was held on May 5th at City of Winder’s Community Building.

Forsyth County Designated As Georgia’s Eighteenth WaterFirst Community   (3/31/2010)
At a ceremony filled with Forsyth’s “top notch” team Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the designation of the state’s eighteenth WaterFirst® Community. The ceremony, attended by community leaders and local and state officials, was held on March 31st at the Forsyth’s County Administration Building.

Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) Six Month Check-up   (3/18/2010)
It has been six months since the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced the kickoff of the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program throughout Georgia. Since that time almost 1,000 families, across 99 rural counties have received assistance with rent, utilities, or other costs associated with housing. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 provides HPRP funding to the homeless or those on the point of homelessness, offering support to individuals and families within their local communities through activities such as financial assistance, housing placement, and case management

Learn and Serve America K-12 Grants Now Administered by the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism   (3/3/2010)
The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism will offer Learn & Serve America K-12 grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service to Georgia schools and other eligible organizations for the 2010-2011 school year.

2010 AmeriCorps*State Formula Competition Re-Opened   (2/10/2010)
Atlanta, GA -The board of the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism has re-opened the competition for 2010 AmeriCorps*State Formula grants due to an increase in funding of the state’s allocation.

Georgia Housing and Finance Authority's (GHFA) Series 2009B and 2009C Bonds Rated AAA; Outlook Stable   (1/26/2010)
Georgia Housing and Finance Authority's (GHFA) announced that its single-family mortgage revenue bonds series 2009B and 2009C received Standard & Poor’s Ratings 'AAA' long-term rating. Standard & Poor's also affirmed its 'AAA' rating on GHFA parity resolution.

Georgia AmeriCorps Programs Show Their Commitment to Service and Volunteer Recruitment   (1/25/2010)
Georgia AmeriCorps members served alongside 23,804 volunteers helping communities across the state last year. The data comes from a report on service and volunteerism just released by the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV). The 2009 Annual Quarterly Report on Service and Volunteerism details the overwhelming success Georgia AmeriCorps programs continue to have in regard to recruiting volunteers and providing meaningful service to Georgia’s families and clients.


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