Success Stories

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,...
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...

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