Success Stories

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,...
King's Hawaiian: Prime Example of Program Collaboration
Using Funding from REBA, EDGE, and the CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP)/Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), DCA joins with Gainesville/Hall County Development Authority to Create Jobs Next time you bite into a King’s Hawaiian Sweet roll, the odds are that it was made in Oakwood, Georgia. King’s Hawaiian Bakery is a family-owned, bread manufacturing company that is best known for its line of original recipe Hawaiian Sweet Bread products. Founded by Robert Taira in 1950 in Hilo, Hawaii as a small storefront business, today King’s Hawaiian is a producer of...
In collaboration with the Appalachian Regional Commission, DCA awarded $ 300,000 to Hall County to assist with the purchase of approximately 100 acres of land surrounding the historic Healan’s Mill. ARC’s investment will be matched with $ 305,000 in local funds – Hall County and a local non-profit, Friends of Healan’s Mill - in addition to funds the county has already invested to stabilize the historic mill. The mill was originally used as a power source to grind crops, manufacture shingles, gin cotton, and turn timber into boards. It is the last stranding grist mill in Hall County and is...
Georgia receives grant for "Healthy Families" project
This innovative project aims to embed service strategies that bridge the link between health and housing; ultimately, the goal is to develop a model that may be used by other states to build and promote healthy communities. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in partnership with Southface and the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), was awarded $391,962 by The Kresge Foundation for a pilot project we are undertaking jointly with local public housing authorities (PHAs) to help them improve their ability to address residents’ health through better quality housing and...
Beasley Forest Products: CDBG Grant Helps Hazlehurst Employer Rebuild
Often, the little things can make a big difference. Hazlehurst, Georgia, population 4,226, is the county seat of Jeff Davis County and for many a pit stop along U.S. Highway 341 to the Golden Isles. And it’s also home to Beasley Forest Products – a 40-year-old, family-owned Georgia business that processes hardwood timber into products such as railroad ties, flooring materials, and lumber for pallets and construction. Driving by, you might notice the unmistakable aroma of a southern sawmill, but you probably would not guess that the mill is the largest production...