Application windows for prospective RPH providers occur twice yearly, once in the Spring and again in the Fall.  In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Current For-Profit or Non-Profit status with the State of Georgia.
  • Proof of Operation: All applicants must be able to produce minimum financial statements and IRS fillings showing a fully operational business for two (2) years prior to application.

For more information, please contact

DCA has announced the following awards under the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG), Shelter Plus Care (S+C) Support Services/Harm Reduction, and Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Programs for Fiscal Year 2019. The purpose of these programs is to deliver housing support and related services to persons defined as either: (1) “homeless” or “at risk of homelessness,” as (2) eligible “homeless” persons as defined under the S+C program, or as (3) “eligible persons” (lower income persons with HIV/AIDS) as defined for the HOPWA program. For FY2019, DCA received 226 requests totaling $15.1 million. Of the requests, $8.7 million was awarded to 175 programs.


On April 2, 2018, the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) received 105 applications requesting $67,408,690 in assistance through the State of Georgia Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2018 Annual Competition.

A detailed analysis of the types of applications received and the amounts requested as well as an alphabetical listing with project descriptions are provided. The Community Finance Division (CFD) will be reviewing the applications using DCA’s HUD-approved Method of Distribution as the standard for evaluation and scoring. Funding announcements are anticipated in August 2018.


April 3-9, 2018

"Mountaintop Moments"

Around the world, people will reflect on their own "Mountaintop Moment" - like Dr. King’s, and depict the future as they see it from their "mountaintops." These "inspiramericals" (inspiring commercials) will be depicted through visual art, song, digital media, spoken word and more. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #MLK50Forward and #MountainMoments.


January 15-August 28, 2018

50 Acts of Service or Kindness Campaign

Cross the cultural and racial divide by participating in service projects or commit acts of kindness that have a positive impact in your communities by: Pledging to participate on your own or with an existing project or by joining the conversation by using the hashtag #MLK50Forward and #MLK50Kindness.


April 4, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize Award Ceremony

(Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Luncheon: 12 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonviolent Peace Prize is The King Center's highest award presented for commitment to nonviolence as a way of life through which social justice, human rights and civil liberties are attained for all. The prize also recognizes achievements in the eradication of poverty and racism, and the successful quest for alternatives to war. Honoring Benjamin Ferencz and Bryan Stevenson.


April 4, 2018

Global Bell Ringing & Wreath Laying

(6:01 p.m. CST)

The Global Bell Ringing will begin at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and The King Center in conjunction with the rest of the world. The Wreath Laying, which will include the King Family, will take place at the crypt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King here in Atlanta, GA.


April 5 - , 2108

Beloved Community Talks: A Special 50th Anniversary Edition**

**Required Registration**

(9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Each day)

Interactive courageous conversations focused on addressing the "Triple Evils" Dr. King emphasized: poverty, racism, and war, featuring the world’s greatest public intellectuals, innovative thinkers, and global policy leaders. Featuring Dr. Bernice A. King, Mariam Wright Edelman, Dr. John A. Powell and George Lakey.



April 7, 2018

King Centennials Speaks

(11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

The Centennial Generation of "King Children", Miss Yolanda Renee King, Granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Miss Maryn Rippy Granddaughter of AD King, will host an event highlighting youth all over the world doing innovative and extraordinary work for humanity. The program will be co-emceed by Hudson Yang of ABC Fresh off the Boat.


April 6 - 8, 2018

Global Faith Leaders of Commemoration

A global call to faith leaders to commemorate Dr. King and his vison for change in weekend services.


April 9, 2018

March for Humanity & Love for Humanity Tribute**


(March: 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Morehouse Events: 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

A March in Atlanta beginning in front of Historic Ebenezer and ending at the campus of Morehouse College followed by a Love for Humanity Tribute at Morehouse.  


June 23 – 26, 2108

The King Center Impact Presentation

This multi-media Impact presentation chronicles Coretta Scott King’s vision to institutionalize Dr. King’s legacy through a living memorial. Since its inception in 1968, the King Center has made great strides towards the creation of Dr. King’s “Beloved Community”. For the first time, the true story of the evolution of The King Center will be told through documentation, testimonials, interviews, and other irrefutable evidence highlighting its impact on the community, the nation and the world. The presentation will also provide a glimpse into The King Center’s priorities for the next 50 years.


June 23 & 24, 2018

Beloved Community International Expo and Festival

The Expo is an opportunity for The King Center (TKC) to create what Dr. King called the “Beloved Community” a community where people of all races, creed, color, and nationality are living and working together in peace and harmony. Presented in collaboration with the local Consul Generals and other key partners, The Expo will transform TKC campus and adjacent streets into a world house where representatives from all seven continents will provide educational and entertaining experiences that effect their culture, language, education, politics, religion, arts, music, entertainment and humanity. For example, attendees will be taught basic words and phrases such as, hello, and how are you in different languages. Touring the countries of the world with symbolic passports, and visas where required, visitors will be able to experience how people around the world, live, work, play and eat. This exposure to other nationalities will help visitors to gain an awareness of, respect for and appreciation of other cultures. Technology will be used to complement the experience. In addition, visitors will be able to thoroughly immerse themselves in other cultures through the international community’s performing and visual art and worldly cuisine.


June 25 & 26, 2018

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Beloved Community Global Leadership Summit

The Summit will bring together leaders from across  the world to engage in dialogue about improving diplomatic relations, easing international tensions, promoting nonviolent social change and leadership development. Scholars, educators and others will be invited to present papers on how Dr. King’s leadership has influenced Social Change nationally and internationally. There will also be a presentation on Nonviolence365 (NV365) as a means to create the Beloved Community as well as other promising practices of Nonviolent Social Change that have been employed in areas throughout America and the rest of the world.





The State of Georgia will host a public hearing to present its proposed 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan (Plan). The Plan was developed using a combination of needs assessments and stakeholder and resident feedback. The resulting Plan identifies housing and community development needs, complementary strategies for meeting housing and community development needs, and actions for affirmatively furthering fair housing in the state of Georgia.

This Public Hearing for the Proposed 2018-2022 Consolidated Plan will be held:

March 29, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m.
Conference Room 202

Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
60 Executive Park South NE
Atlanta, GA 30329-2231

The public comment period for the Plan is open from March 16, 2018, through April 16, 2018.

Copies of the proposed plan and supporting data may be freely downloaded below or by clicking here.  To request hard copies of the proposed Plan or copies of data used, email

The Plan indicates how anticipated funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will be implemented over 2018-2022 for the following programs: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA), and the National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) Programs.

The Plan provides strategies and investments of resources to address housing and community development needs, barriers to fair housing, and lead-based paint hazards. The Plan includes all records of citizen participation/consultation. The Plan also includes the:

  • FFY 2018/SFY 2019 Annual Action Plan, the first-year implementation of the five-year (2018-2022) Consolidated Plan.
  • Citizen Participation Plan, the document that outlines how the State of Georgia will engage residents and stakeholders in the development of the Consolidated Plan and subsidiary documents.

The State of Georgia encourages all of its residents, sub-recipients and grantees, public agencies, and other interested parties to attend this public hearing and submit any written comments to the agency.

By mail

Georgia Department of Community Affairs


60 Executive Park South, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

By email




Please contact DCA at (TDD: 404-679-4915) for any necessary accommodation:

  • Call-in information to virtually participate in this public hearing.
  • DCA is prepared to provide appropriate language services for non-English-speaking (LEP) individuals. Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and/or Vietnamese interpreters can be made available upon request. Please identify any language services needed 10 days prior to the public hearing, including in which language(s) such services are required.

Translation of the notice and interpretation services for this event are available upon request.

Traducción de la notificación y servicios de interpretación para este evento están disponibles a pedido.

  • DCA complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Individuals with disabilities who may need auxiliary aids or special modification to participate in the public comment process should call (404) 679-4915 or email
  • Individuals seeking reasonable accommodations or with specific ADA needs should email Visit for more information.

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, March 8, 2018
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Georgia State Capitol 
206 Washington Street SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Mezzanine 2 

Phone Number: (515) 603-4905
Access Code: 1059335# 

The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is announcing the 2018 application process for the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.  The ESG program is designed to provide housing or service resources with the goal of stable housing outcomes for eligible persons, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The HOPWA Program provides resources and incentives to devise long-term comprehensive strategies for meeting the housing needs of low-income persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and persons in their family. 

The application process will open on Thursday , March 8, 2018 and all applications, supporting materials, and organizational documentation will be due on  Monday, April 16, 2018 at 5pm. 

Please note that there will be a cut-off date for receiving your log-in information for the online system used for applications.  Applicants are able to Register for login information beginning on Thursday , March 08, 2018 and ending on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm.  Information regarding the application process for ESG will be posted on our web site at:  Information regarding the application process for HOPWA will be posted on our website at:

DCA will offer four in person workshops that will go over the programs, the application process, and the application timeline.  Please click the link below to register for the location of your choice.  These workshops are scheduled for:

Thursday March 01, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

River Edge Behavioral Health Center

175 Emery Highway

Macon, GA  31217

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Friday, March 02, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

SW Georgia Community Action Council

910 1st Avenue SE

Moultrie, GA 31768

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Monday, March 05, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Center for Pan Asian Community Services

3510 Shallowford Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30341


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 Wednesday, March 07, 2018 10:30am-1:30pm

Augusta Headquarters Library

823 Telfair St

Augusta, GA 30901

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All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the in person workshops listed above to learn about changes that have been made to the ESG and HOPWA programs for 2018 applications.  In the event that you are unable to attend an in person workshop, or if you would like to see the presentation again after attending in person, DCA will also offer an application workshop webinar on March 08, 2018 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  To attend the webinar, please register using the following link:

Please register for 2018 DCA ESG and HOPWA Application Workshop on Mar 8, 2018 9:00 AM EDT at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

We appreciate your time in reviewing this information.  Please feel free to pass it along to others within your agency, or to any organization that serves the needs of persons experiencing homelessness in your community.  Should you have questions regarding these workshops, please contact Marion Goulbourne at or Dr. Harvinder K Makkar at

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs is committed to providing all persons with equal access to its services, programs, activities, education and employment regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. For a reasonable accommodation or if you need an alternative format or language, please contact at: (404) 679-4840 or

AmeriCorps Applications are due to the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism no later than February 13th, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.   Applications must be submitted by way of the eGrants system.