Success Stories

The Drake House, a Roswell-based nonprofit, has been awarded $49,800 from the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. According to its website, "More than 55% of poverty level-families in Alpharetta and John’s Creek are single female households, and just over 41% of homeless students in Fulton County attend school in North Fulton County. The Drake House was established to offer support programs and housing solutions that keep families together and put them back on their feet."

The funding will help provide...

Calhoun-based Mohawk Industries is a leading global flooring manufacturer. During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States. Over the past decade, DCA has had the privilege of assisting that growth through a number of grant and incentive awards. In 2011, the City of Summerville and the Town of Lyerly were awarded $500,000 in EIP grant funds to assist with public water line...

This past April was the 50th Anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. The MLK, Jr. Advisory Council, which is housed within DCA, honored the occasion with an anniversary bell ringing at Stone Mountain Park. Rev. King's "I Have a Dream" speech famously referenced Stone Mountain during his "let freedom ring" climax. The MLK, Jr. Advisory Council is working on plans to erect a monument at the mountain's summit commemorating his words.

DCA is proud to share that our Geographic Information Officer, Susan Miller, has been named as one of the Top 50 Women in Technology by StateScoop. For the past two years, State Scoop has highlighted the women who are leading the way in technology at the state and local government and industry level. Check out StateScoop's second annual list of the Top Women in Technology for 2018 on their website for the full story.
Kubota For Earth For Life
Outside of Northeast Georgia, many may not realize that one of the world's best-known tractor companies calls Hall County home to its largest North American manufacturing plant. It's Kubota Manufacturing of America (KMA), and their Gainesville manufactuiring plant is probably where your neighbor's Kubota utility vehicle was built, in part utilizing assembly line enhancements put in place by Georgia Tech students. The 502,000 square foot Rough Terrain Vehicle (RTV) production facility began full operation in February 2017 after an expansion made possible by $1,750,000 in Regional...
Re-Entry Program
To address Georgia's citizen re-entry challenges, DCA has developed a Re-Entry Partnership Housing (RPH) program with the Georgia Department of Community Supervision (DCS) to provide short-term housing assistance for individuals released and under the supervision of DCS, or who remain in prison simply because they do not have a valid residence plan. This program provides supportive transitional housing to a segment of the population that no one else is serving, addressing homelessness issues while at the same time achieving a...
April is Fair Housing Month
Since 1968, April has come to be regarded as a time to remember the FHA and reflect on the rights it gives citizens. But why April? It is a known fact that the Fair Housing Act (FHA) became law in April 1968, as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, a landmark piece of legislation. But the link with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the reason we celebrate Fair Housing Month in April. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the FHA into law one week after the assassination of the civil rights icon, who fought for equality in housing. This is why, every April, we come...
On August 28, Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled a memorial statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a ceremony on the grounds of the State Capitol. “Dr. King believed that individuals have a duty to serve others and make a contribution to their communities,” said State Sen. Emanuel Jones, Chairman of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Advisory Council. “Physical memorials ensure his legacy lives on and stand as a lasting reminder of the principles that Dr. King sought to promote.” The statue – a bronze, 8-foot-tall figure, standing on a 36” pedestal made of Georgia granite – is the...
Walton Oaks, Augusta
At the Department of Community Affairs, we are focused on creating “communities with opportunities” – thinking out of the box about how to build not just brick and mortar housing, but neighborhoods that connect residents with access to excellent transportation, services, schools, and jobs and provide amazing amenities. Our goal is to find partners who are equally as passionate, then provide the technical and economic assistance to help create this vision. Walton Oaks, in Augusta, Georgia, is the culmination of the Underwood Homes Redevelopment, a multi-phase effort...
Myrtle Terraces, Gainesville
In January of 2015, just within half a mile from the #1 ranked medical center in Georgia, the Beverly J. Searles Foundation, Inc. (“BJS”), a not-for-profit owner of senior living communities, opened Myrtle Terraces at New Holland in Gainesville, Georgia. Myrtle Terraces is a home for individuals aged 55 years or older. The independent lifestyle and amenities that Myrtle Terraces offers to its residents are unparalleled. “Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for the residents that we serve by encouraging independence and choices, while celebrating individuality, preserving dignity,...

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