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DCA Press Releases: 2014

Georgia Department of Community Affairs awards $22.4 million in tax credits to develop workforce housing    (11/19/2014)
ATLANTA (Nov. 19, 2014) –The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today it will award $22.4 million federal housing tax credits to construct or rehabilitate 30 affordable rental housing properties located throughout the state. The developments include affordable housing for working families, housing for Georgia seniors and housing for persons with disabilities, and were selected from 57 applications in the annual competition.

Five Georgia communities selected for state housing assistance   (11/17/2014)
ATLANTA (Nov. 17, 2014) – Five Georgia communities have been newly selected to receive assistance with their housing needs through the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH), a public-private initiative focused on helping communities strategically grow their economies through housing-related solutions.

State recognizes 10 Georgia communities for successful planning   (9/30/2014)
ATLANTA—The Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced today that ten Georgia communities have received statewide distinction in a new program recognizing excellence in community planning. Athens-Clarke County, Coweta County, Johnson County, Jones County and the cities of Braselton, Gainesville, Madison, Suwanee, Vienna and Woodstock have each achieved the state of Georgia’s first-ever “PlanFirst” designation, which acknowledges communities that have a proven track record of implementing their plan and a history of good plan development.

Georgia's AmeriCorps celebrates 20th anniversary   (9/15/2014)


Georgia rolls out new guide to foodie destinations in state’s Appalachian region   (8/28/2014)
Bon Appétit Appalachia! map promotes local-food economy, tourism

Deal announces AmeriCorps grants for Georgia organizations   (8/12/2014)
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia organizations will receive $3,437,917 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to engage 690 AmeriCorps members with 15 nonprofit organizations and meet education, health, environmental and other local needs.

DCA increases access to fair housing information   (5/14/2014)
DCA provides new web address and training workshop for Georgians seeking fair housing. ATLANTA (May 14, 2014) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has established a new, simple web address for all relevant fair housing information and will also be hosting a free fair housing accessibility training workshop that will examine compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The workshop will take place on June 3, 2014 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

State of Georgia awards $10.2 million in 34 community home investment grants   (5/2/2014)
CHIP program funds down payments, home rehabilitations in communities around state. ATLANTA (May 1, 2014)—The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $10.2 million in grants to 34 community entities around the state to help homeowners make down payments and rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $200,000 to $300,000. The awards were made through the 2014 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

Gov. Deal signs legislation boosting Georgia downtowns    (4/17/2014)
ATLANTA (April 17, 2014)—Gov. Nathan Deal yesterday signed into law a bill that empowers Georgia cities with even greater means to revitalize and re-energize their downtowns. HB 128, which created the new Georgia Downtown Renaissance Fund, gives the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) new tools to help cities with low interest loans as well as planning and other assistance.

AmeriCorps invites communities to apply for 2014 grants   (3/26/2014)
Georgia communities seeking help to address issues in the areas of education, economic opportunity, disaster services, the environment, health, and assistance to veterans can apply now for grants from the federally-funded AmeriCorps program. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has opened the annual competition for new AmeriCorps grants to support local programs that will begin in the early fall of 2014. The deadline for submission of grant applications is May 8, 2014 at 5 p.m., and awards will be announced during the summer.

More state help available for Georgians facing foreclosure   (3/11/2014)
Georgia homeowners now have additional options to remain in their homes and avoid foreclosure. The HomeSafe Georgia program, which administers federal funding to prevent foreclosures, has expanded eligibility requirements for potential applicants. Now, free help may be available not only for homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed, but also for homeowners who have experienced other financial hardships in the last 36 months, including those associated with military service, death of a spouse, or a medical hardship.

Twelve Georgia communities honored for revitalizing downtowns   (3/4/2014)
Twelve communities around Georgia were recently recognized for statewide excellence in improving their downtowns through the nationally-based Main Street program. The City of Cartersville, the Main Street manager in Blackshear, and Main Street programs in Americus, Douglas, Hartwell, Lavonia, Macon, Madison, Metter, Milledgeville, Moultrie and Woodstock all took home honors for various aspects of their programs.

City of Fort Oglethorpe wins largest Appalachian Regional Commission grant in Georgia history   (1/6/2014)
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded its largest grant ever in Georgia for a project that will benefit both Fort Oglethorpe and its neighbor, the Chickamauga Battlefield, a portion of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The $3 million grant to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will transform busy LaFayette Road running through the center of Fort Oglethorpe into an attractive downtown and gateway into the park.


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