Announcements

A Housing Committee meeting has been called at 2:00PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

The Meeting will take place via conference call. Should you require additional information, such as the call-in number, please contact Alyssa Justice at 404.679.3154 or Alyssa.Justice@dca.ga.gov.

An agenda for the conference call is attached for your review. DCA is committed to providing equal access to all of its programs, services and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. Any individual who needs an accommodation because of a disability should contact Christy Barnes at 404.679.5291 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

A Finance Committee meeting has been called at 1:00PM on Thursday, October 25, 2018.

The Meeting will take place via conference call. Should you require additional information, such as the call-in number, please contact Alyssa Justice at 404.679.3154 or Alyssa.Justice@dca.ga.gov

An agenda for the conference call is attached for your review. DCA is committed to providing equal access to all of its programs, services and activities regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, disability or age. Any individual who needs an accommodation because of a disability should contact Christy Barnes at 404.679.5291 or email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism is seeking proposals from eligible organizations interested in operating AmeriCorps programs to strengthen communities through National Service and Volunteerism.   Eligible organizations include non-profit and faith-based organizations with 501(c)3 status in the State of Georgia, educational institutions, and state and local government entities.

Application workshops will be held for first-time applicants and planning grant recipients as follows:

  • November 8, 2018      Atlanta
  • November 13, 2018    Albany
  • November 15, 2018    Brunswick

Registration is required to attend:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RT2QCJK

Applications will be due to the Georgia Commission no later than 3:00 p.m. on February 13, 2019.  There will be no exceptions. 

All interested new applicants MUST complete and submit a Notice of Intent to Apply and a concept paper. Please type in the subject line: “NOI 2019”. These items may be submitted electronically to AmeriCorpsga@dca.ga.gov  no later than December 5, 2018.

 

The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism is seeking proposals from eligible organizations interested in operating AmeriCorps programs to strengthen communities through National Service and Volunteerism.   Eligible organizations include non-profit and faith-based organizations with 501(c)3 status in the State of Georgia, educational institutions, and state and local government entities.

Application workshops will be held for first-time applicants and planning grant recipients as follows:

November 8, 2018      Atlanta

November 13, 2018    Albany

November 15, 2018    Brunswick

Registration is required to attend:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RT2QCJK

All interested new applicants MUST complete and submit a Notice of Intent to Apply and a concept paper. Please type in the subject line: “NOI 2019”. These items may be submitted electronically to AmeriCorpsga@dca.ga.gov  no later than December 5, 2018.

 

Reentry Partnership Housing (RPH) Fall 2018 Housing Provider recruitment has been started. All the interested Housing Providers complete the attached Letter of Intent to Apply. Thanks

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.

60 communities to get funding for critical community needs

Atlanta, GA (August 24, 2018) – Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 60 Georgia communities will receive a total of more than $40 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

"Strong and prosperous communities enhance the quality of life for citizens and generate economic development opportunities across the state," said Deal. "The CDBG program enables cities and counties to direct federal funding to address critical community needs and revitalize the local economies that need it most. By investing in smaller cities and rural areas, we are preparing an even brighter future for all of Georgia, maximizing opportunities for citizens and further solidifying Georgia’s position as the No. 1 state in the nation for business."

"CDBG is a vital community development tool for rural Georgia," said DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn. "This program’s impact can be felt in every corner of our state."

Of this year’s grant awards, $38.2 million will go to infrastructure projects such as neighborhood revitalization, construction of community facilities, and water, sewer, drainage or street improvements. An additional $2.8 million will be disbursed through the Employment Incentive Program (EIP) and the Redevelopment Fund, which together are projected to create 345 new jobs and generate $50.2 million in additional private investment.

Since 2011, the CDBG program’s investments in new and enhanced health care facilities have helped more than 30,000 Georgians gain access to improved health care services, primarily in hard-to-reach areas. Over the last eight years, the CDBG program has funded critical projects to improve water and sewer services for more than 125,000 people in rural communities. DCA has granted 59 EIP awards during the last eight award cycles to create 5,292 jobs and retain 308 more. Since 2011, EIP has generated more than $1.32 billion in private investment across the state. From 2011 to 2018, more than 12,000 children, youth and seniors have benefitted from the construction of public facilities such as community centers and Boys and Girls Clubs.

A complete list of the 2018 CDBG awards is detailed below. Communities are listed in alphabetical order.

For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards, please visit DCA’s website at dca.ga.gov and search for CDBG. In addition, informational sessions for CDBG recipient communities and elected officials will take place during the DCA Fall Conference, which is scheduled for October 10-11, 2018, at the Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, Georgia. Please go to the DCA homepage to register and/or find out more information about the workshop. Workshop-related questions may also be directed to Dana Mykytyn at (404) 679-5275 or Dana.Mykytyn@dca.ga.gov.

About the Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to build strong and vibrant neighborhoods, commercial and industrial areas through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified Georgians with low and moderate incomes buy homes, rent housing and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.

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 RPH@dca.ga.gov.

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.

 

**APRIL 4, 2018 COMMEMORATIVE EVENTS**

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.

 

MLK50 FORWARD - NEXT GENERATION FOCUS

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**

**REQUIRED REGISTRATION**

(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.

 

**JOIN US**

 

PUBLIC NOTICE of a PUBLIC HEARING on
GEORGIA'S  PROPOSED 2018-2022 CONSOLIDATED PLAN

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 conplan@dca.ga.gov.

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

ATTN: CONSOLIDATED PLAN PUBLIC COMMENTS 

60 Executive Park South, Atlanta, Georgia 30329

By email

conplan@dca.ga.gov

By TDD

404-679-4915

 

Please contact DCA at conplan@dca.ga.gov (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 conplan@dca.ga.gov.
  • Individuals seeking reasonable accommodations or with specific ADA needs should email fairhousing@dca.ga.gov. Visit https://dca.ga.gov/fairhousing 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 

CALL-IN INFORMATION
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:  https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/emergency-solutions-grants/esg-funding-competition.  Information regarding the application process for HOPWA will be posted on our website at: https://dca.ga.gov/housing/homeless-special-needs-housing/housing-opportunities-persons-aids-hopwa.

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

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07ef5628j86566ede3

Click for location map

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

SW Georgia Community Action Council

910 1st Avenue SE

Moultrie, GA 31768

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07ef55yrp8d488bcf2

Click for location map

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

Center for Pan Asian Community Services

3510 Shallowford Road NE

Atlanta, GA 30341

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07ef567pnr2cf0b05e

PLEASE LIMIT ATTENDEES TO 1 PERSON PER AGENCY FOR THIS LOCATION

Click for location map

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

Augusta Headquarters Library

823 Telfair St

Augusta, GA 30901

http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=oxnnctzab&oeidk=a07ef566c4p24fa9261

Click for location map

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:
https://global.gotowebinar.com/register/474396267
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 Marion.Goulbourne@dca.ga.gov or Dr. Harvinder K Makkar at Harvinder.Makkar@dca.ga.gov.

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 fairhousing@dca.ga.gov.

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