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DCA Press Releases: 2009

Green Tradition Continues With Georgia’s Christmas Tree Recycling Event Set For January 9th   (12/30/2009)
Atlanta, GA – Keep Georgia Beautiful, The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Company,11-Alive’s Earthwatch, and Ferry-Morse Seed Co. want to “chip” in and help you get your house back in order after the Christmas holidays. We have made at least one household decision free, easy and eco-friendly during this holiday season. Bring One for the Chipper, the state’s annual Christmas tree recycling program, invites Georgia residents to bring their trees to local drop-off centers on Saturday, January 9, 2010 from 9AM-4PM. Georgia residents can visit www.KeepGeorgiaBeautiful.org for a zip code-based listing of drop-off centers throughout the state.

Five New Communities Chosen to Participate in GICH    (11/17/2009)
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) announced the selection of five Georgia communities – Americus, Covington, Gray/Jones County, Thomson/McDuffie County, and Winder - to participate in a three-year program developed to assist them with their housing needs.

DCA Awards $24 Million in State and Federal Housing Tax Credits for 31 Affordable Housing Projects Statewide   (11/3/2009)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the award of $24 million in state and federal low-income housing tax credits to Georgia developers to construct approximately 2,300 new affordable rental units throughout the state.

DCA Announces Public Hearings To Discuss Georgia’s Affordable Housing & Community Development Needs   (10/28/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a series of public hearings for the state’s citizens to provide comments regarding the state’s affordable housing and community development needs and how federal, state, local and private funds should be used to address identified needs . DCA is currently preparing the State Consolidated Plan for 2010 -2013 and the Annual Action Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Funds (Consolidated Plan). The Consolidated Plan is a requirement of the State as a prerequisite to its receipt of federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); HOME Investment Partnership (HOME); Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG); and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) programs.

Keep America Beautiful Symposium Makes Recycling-Climate Change Connection   (10/19/2009)


Georgia Downtown Award Winners Recognized at 2009 Statewide Downtown Conference   (10/9/2009)
The Georgia Downtown Association and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced the winners of the annual outstanding revitalization awards. Presentations took place during the annual Georgia Downtown Conference October 7-9, 2009 in Roswell, GA.

Georgia Dream “Plus” Offers More Options for First Time Home Buyers   (9/10/2009)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced a new down payment assistance option to its Georgia Dream Homeownership Program. The Georgia Dream “Plus” option offers down payment and closing cost assistance for first time home buyers with incomes up to 100% of their Area Median Incomes (AMI). Georgia Dream’s downpayment assistance options are normally restricted to borrowers whose incomes are at or below 80% AMI. This assistance comes in the form of a second mortgage loan, with a zero percent interest rate and requires no repayment until the home is sold, refinanced, or no longer used as the principal residence of the borrower.

DCA Announces Nearly $37 Million in Grant Awards   (9/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today that Governor Sonny Perdue has announced the award of nearly $37 million in federal grants from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the state’s Community Development Block Grant Program and Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

DCA Awards $18 Million in Recovery Act Funds to Seven (7) Organizations to Provide "Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP)   (8/28/2009)
DCA's Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today that his agency will be contracting with seven (7) Georgia nonprofit organizations to administer $18 million dollars of HUD’s HPRP program funds within 151 of Georgia’s 159 counties. The programs include the Community Action for Improvement, CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Middle GA Community Action Agency, MUST Ministries, Ninth District Opportunity, Rockdale County Emergency Relief Fund, and the Salvation Army, Georgia Division.

The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Program Successfully Graduates Five More Communities   (8/28/2009)
DCA's GICH program successfully graduates five more communities. Awards were presented to leaders from Colquitt, Metter, Milledgeville, Newnan, and Tifton recognizing each community’s completion of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program. The event was held at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa from August 12 – 14, 2009.

City of Roswell Designated As Georgia’s Seventeenth WaterFirst Community   (8/6/2009)
“Top Notch,” said the State’s WaterFirst review team when asked to describe the City of Roswell’s team. At a ceremony filled with Roswell’s “top notch” team, community leaders and local and state officials, Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the designation of the state’s seventeenth WaterFirst® Community. The ceremony was held on August 6, 2009 at the Roswell Mill Club.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (1)    (7/8/2009)


DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (2)   (7/8/2009)


DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR10)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Southwest Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $68,200.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR11)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving South Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $453,500.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR12)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Coastal Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $932,410.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR4)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving West Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $95,500.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR5)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Northeast Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $486,787.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR6)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $594,800.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR7)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Eastern Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $240,400.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR8)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Southwest Central Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $301,100.

DCA Announces $5.9 Million In Supportive Housing Awards To Assist Homeless Georgians (SDR9)   (7/8/2009)
Georgia Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today a total of $5,891,592 in awards for providers delivering supportive housing and related services to homeless and other eligible persons. Both state and federal monies will fund awards. Local agencies serving Southwest Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $$131,865.

Croker, Dean & Heiskell To Assume DCA Board Leadership Slots July 1st   (6/24/2009)
The DCA Board recently elected James “Billy” Croker, Nathan Dean and Bebe Heiskell as its new chairman, vice chairman and secretary, respectively. New officers were elected at DCA’s June 3rd board meeting in Atlanta. The newly elected officers assume their positions on July 1, 2009.

Business & Housing Expos to “Connect, Inform & Activate” Georgia Citizens, Businesses & Government Agencies   (6/5/2009)
Governor Sonny Perdue, DCA, Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Economic Development and Governor’s Office of Customer Service are partnering to host a series of six, full-day, free business and housing-related expos. The Expos are scheduled for Friday, June 12th and Saturday, June 13th.

Georgia AmeriCorps Nets $1.5 Million In “Stimulus Bucks” To Support Volunteerism, Add Volunteers In Distressed Communities    (6/1/2009)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty and Georgia’s Commission For Service & Volunteerism Executive Director John Turner recently announced the award of $1,514,416 in additional funding for the state’s AmeriCorps programs. The award was funded through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Funds will support the launch of the Georgia Recovery Corps, a one-year AmeriCorps programmatic effort to assist Georgians in the areas of employment readiness skills, housing energy efficiency and home foreclosure counseling. For more information on Georgia's AmeriCorps programs, please visit www.AmeriCorpsGa.org.

Douglasville-Douglas County Designated As Georgia’s Fifteenth WaterFirst® Community   (4/29/2009)
At a ceremony filled with Douglasville’s “top notch” team, community leaders and local and state officials, Georgia Department Community Affairs (DCA) Assistant Commissioner Mike Gleaton announced the “joint” city-county’s designation as the state’s fifteenth WaterFirst® Community. The ceremony was held on April 28, 2009 at the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority in Douglasville.

Georgia Joins The World To Celebrate Compost Awareness Week   (4/29/2009)
Do you want better soil quality? Do you want to do your part to help reduce the food residuals and yard trimmings in the state’s waste stream? How about winning “yard of the month,” for once? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Georgia Compost Awareness Week is the perfect opportunity for you to participate in this international effort. Statewide events are slated from May 3-9, 2009. For more information, please visit www.compostingcouncil.org.

DCA Requests Public Input On Proposed Substantial Amendment For the State’s Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing Program   (4/24/2009)
DCA requests public comment on the State’s Substantial Amendment to its FFY 2008 Consolidated Plan to include provisions for a new Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP). The HPRP Amendment will be published on April 30, 2009. Comments are due 5/12/09. Questions may be directed to DCA's Office of Special Housing Initiatives.

Gainesville Designated As Georgia’s Fourteenth WaterFirst® Community   (4/21/2009)
At a ceremony filled with Gainesville’s community leaders and local and state officials, Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Mike Beatty announced the city’s designation as the state’s fourteenth WaterFirst® Community. The ceremony was held on April 21, 2009 at the Georgia Mountains Center in Gainesville.

DCA’s Georgia Dream-Neighborhood Stabilization Purchase Program Available April 1st To Help Georgia Homebuyers “Purchase & Rehab” Foreclosed Properties In Communities Hardest Hit By Foreclosure   (3/31/2009)
Effective April 1, 2009, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Georgia Dream-Neighborhood Stabilization Purchase Program, will provide $14,000 to each eligible borrower purchasing foreclosed properties in the state’s areas of greatest need. The 15-month program begins April 1, 2009. All program funds must be disbursed by June 30, 2010. A list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the program is available on DCA’s Georgia Dream website at http://www.dcaloans.com.

DCA Awards $54.4 Million to 23 Neighborhood Stabilization Program Projects Statewide   (3/13/2009)
DCA Commissioner Mike Beatty announced today the award of $54.4 million for 23 Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)-funded projects throughout Georgia. In January 2009, the U. S. Office of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) approved DCA’s Action Plan to distribute nearly $77.1 million for projects that met NSP guidelines. Local governments, public and private partners and other entities submitted project applications in mid-January 2009. Last week, DCA received its $77.1 million NSP federal allocation. The projects announced today will be funded through the NSP Direct Allocation pool. Additional award announcements for the NSP Flexible Pool are forthcoming. Flexible Pool project applications are due March 27, 2009.

Winning Water Festival Encourages Coastal Georgia Students To Learn About Water Resources   (3/10/2009)
Volunteers from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), College of Coastal Georgia and Keep Georgia Beautiful are preparing to welcome more than 900 Georgia fourth grade students to the state’s 6th annual Winning Water: Children’s Water Festival. Festival activities are scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, 2009, on the campus of College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick, GA.

Enthusiastic Crowd On Hand For Rural Council’s 2009 Leadership Day   (2/11/2009)
An enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the Georgia Rural Development Council’s (GRDC) 2009 Leadership Day. The event was held on Monday, February 9, 2009 at the Georgia Freight Depot. Leading syndicated radio personality Martha Zoller served as the keynote speaker.


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