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DCA to host spring Community Planning Institute    (3/3/2017)
The Office of Planning and Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has scheduled its spring Community Planning Institute, “Preparing and Implementing your Comprehensive Plan”, at Unicoi State Park & Lodge on Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21.

Application process opens March 17 for ESG and HOPWA Grants    (2/28/2017)
Atlanta, GA (February 28, 2017) – The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announces the 2017 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. The application process will open on Friday, March 17, 2017 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on Monday, April 17, 2017 at 12noon.

DCA announces 12 CHIP grants totaling $4.25 million   (2/10/2017)
Atlanta, GA (February 10, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded $4.25 million in grants to 12 community entities around the state to build new single family homes and help homeowners rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $281,006 to $612,000. The awards were made through the 2017 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

Four Georgia communities recognized for successful planning   (2/2/2017)
Atlanta, GA (February 2, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced today that four Georgia communities have received statewide distinction in the PlanFirst program, which recognizes excellence in community planning. Cook County, along with the cities of Douglas, Dunwoody and Vidalia have each achieved the state of Georgia’s “PlanFirst” designation, a commendation given to communities that have a proven track record of implementing their plan and a history of good plan development.

DCA Launches New Statewide Homeless Management Information System   (1/19/2017)
Atlanta, GA (January 19, 2017) -- The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today that it has launched its new Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). As the Georgia HMIS lead designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), DCA and representatives from local Continuums of Care (CoCs), are pleased to make this technology resource available statewide.

Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council Honors 2017 Award Recipients   (1/13/2017)
January 13, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) – During a ceremony at the State Capitol, the Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council today presented three awards recognizing individuals and groups whose actions honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Advisory Council is pleased to announce the creation of two new awards that will be given annually in the name of two Civil Rights Legends: Dr. Joseph E. Lowery and Ambassador Andrew Young.

Georgia Association wins National Award for Creation of State Geospatial Information Office   (1/12/2017)
Atlanta, GA (January 12, 2017) – The Georgia Association of Regional Commissions (GARC) has received a National Excellence Award from the National States Geospatial Information Council (NSGIC) for their Outstanding Efforts to create a Geospatial Information Office for Georgia. The Georgia Geospatial Information Office (http://gio.ga.gov/) is housed at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

GIO Plays Key Role in Helping Georgia Acquire Highly-Accurate Elevation Data   (1/10/2017)
Atlanta, GA (January 10, 2017) – The Georgia Geospatial Information Office (GIO) secured a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to help Georgia acquire highly accurate digital elevation data. The effort brought together State and Federal partners to maximize the data collected, which will cover nearly a third of the state.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute at the Capitol   (1/4/2017)
Please join us for the 32nd annual ceremony and proclamation to celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday in Georgia.

Six Georgia Communities Selected for State Housing Program   (12/5/2016)
ATLANTA (December 5, 2016) – Six Georgia communities have been newly selected to receive assistance with their housing needs through the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH), a public-private initiative that helps communities strategically grow their economies through housing-related solutions. Bartow County and the Cities of Commerce, Dublin, Fairburn, Warrenton and Union City will begin the three-year program in February.

DCA awards $20.5 million in Housing Tax Credits    (11/14/2016)
Atlanta, GA (November 14, 2016) –The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today it will award $20.5 million federal housing tax credits to construct or rehabilitate 25 affordable rental housing properties located throughout the state. The developments include affordable housing for working families, housing for Georgia seniors and housing for persons with disabilities, and were selected from 79 applications in the annual competition.

DCA Announces 2017 CDBG Applicants’ Workshop    (10/28/2016)
Atlanta, GA (October 28, 2016) – The Office of Community Development for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced its 2017 Community Development Block Grant Applicants’ Workshop, which will take place in Macon in December. The workshop will be held December 7-9, 2016, at the Marriott Macon City Center, 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, Georgia 31217. DCA anticipates a CDBG application submission deadline of April 1, 2017.

DCA Fall Conference Update: New Session on Disaster Recovery for Coastal Georgia   (10/27/2016)
Atlanta, GA (October 27, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has added a new session to its rescheduled Fall Conference that will focus on Disaster Recovery for the Coast in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. The session will be held between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and will include several DCA staff that will be available to provide information about DCA’s programs and hear about local concerns as a result of the storm. Please see the revised agendas for the conference. The updated agendas can be found on DCA’s CDBG website.

DCA to co-sponsor Atlanta Affordable Housing Preservation Challenge    (10/17/2016)
Atlanta, GA (October 17, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is co-sponsoring a competition to foster creative solutions to today’s housing needs. Organized in conjunction with Georgia ACT and Enterprise Community Partners, and sponsored by the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, the Preservation Challenge is an idea competition to generate innovative, implementable proposals that will help preserve affordable housing in the Atlanta region and throughout Georgia’s urban centers.

DCA Fall Conference Update: Conference registration will roll forward for all previously registered attendees; please rebook hotel reservations by Oct. 24!   (10/13/2016)
Atlanta, GA (October 13, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Fall Conference and CDBG Workshop has been rescheduled for November 1-2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, 2 West Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401. The agenda will remain the same, with sessions and events originally scheduled for Thursday, October 6, now taking place on Tuesday, November 1. Events set for Friday, October 7, will take place on Wednesday, November 2, including the ceremony to present the “big check” awards to grant recipients. The updated agenda can be found on DCA’s CDBG website.

DCA to host Community Planning Institute: Conference scheduled November 17-18, 2016 on Jekyll Island   (10/13/2016)
Atlanta, GA (October 13, 2016) – The Office of Planning and Environmental Management for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has announced its next Community Planning Institute, which will take place at Jekyll Island in November. The workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, 2016, at the Villas by the Sea Conference Center on Jekyll Island, will offer two separate courses for attendees: (1) Preparing and Implementing Your Comprehensive Plan, and (2) Managing Your Water Resources.

New Date for DCA Fall Conference & CDBG Workshop   (10/7/2016)
Atlanta, GA (October 7, 2016) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Fall Conference and CDBG Workshop, which was cancelled this week due to Hurricane Matthew, has been rescheduled. DCA will now conduct its inaugural 2016 DCA Fall Conference/CDBG Recipients’ Workshop on November 1-2, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah at 2 West Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

ALERT: DCA Fall Conference and CDBG Workshop rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew    (10/5/2016)
Atlanta, GA (October 5, 2016) – Out of an abundance of caution, we will be rescheduling the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Fall Conference and CDBG Workshop, which had been planned for Thursday and Friday (Oct. 6-7) at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah.

Albany, Douglasville, Perry, Porterdale and Rincon “Graduate” from Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Program   (10/3/2016)
Atlanta, GA – Local leaders from the cities of Albany, Douglasville, Perry, Porterdale and Rincon were recognized for their communities’ completion of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program at the annual retreat held September 20-22 in Gainesville.


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