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DCA Press Releases: 2015

Five Georgia communities selected for state housing assistance    (12/1/2015)
Housing-related changes already implemented by 50-plus GICH communities (ATLANTA) – 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. Athens-Clarke County, Evans County, and the cities of Millen, Monroe and Rockmart will begin the three-year program in February. Through training and technical instruction during a series of retreats, community housing teams design and implement strategies to enhance their economies as well as the quality of life for their citizens. During these work sessions, each team will work with and receive continuous feedback from a facilitator or housing professional, as well as engage in cross-community collaboration.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs awards $25.8 million in tax credits to develop workforce and senior housing   (11/30/2015)
Housing tax credits are primary driver for affordable rental housing development in state ATLANTA –The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today it will award $25.8 million federal housing tax credits to construct or rehabilitate 33 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 75 applications in the annual competition.

State recognizes seven Georgia communities for successful planning   (11/18/2015)
Second year of “PlanFirst” designation brings funding, visibility benefits (ATLANTA) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today that seven Georgia communities have received statewide distinction in a program recognizing excellence in community planning. Columbus-Muscogee County, the City of Dublin, Gwinnett County, Liberty County, the City of Lula, the City of Porterdale, and the City of Roswell have each achieved the state of Georgia’s “PlanFirst” designation for 2016.

Eight Georgia communities honored for promoting affordable housing and project innovation   (11/6/2015)
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) celebrates 10th anniversary with awards for 2015 (ATLANTA) – The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program recognized the cities of Covington, Gainesville, Pembroke, Rome, Thomasville, Valdosta, Vienna and Washington for their efforts to increase affordable housing and to revitalize their communities at the “Celebrating a Decade of Success” awards event held October 21 at the UGA Georgia Center in Athens.

Georgia welcomes new class of more than 500 AmeriCorps members    (10/16/2015)
Atlanta, GA – On Friday, October 16, the Georgia Commission on Service and Volunteerism (GCSV), the Governor-appointed State Service Commission, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), Georgia Institute of Technology, and local AmeriCorps programs, welcomed a new class of 500-plus AmeriCorps members pledging to “Get Things Done” in their local communities as part of a nationwide Opening Day ceremony.

Five communities graduate from Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program   (10/14/2015)
Dalton, Greensboro, Lithonia, Pembroke and Roswell complete 3-year program which helps communities address housing needs (ATLANTA – 10/14/15) – Local leaders from the cities of Dalton, Greensboro, Lithonia, Pembroke and Roswell were recognized for their communities’ completion of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program at a retreat and awards presentation held Sept. 22-24 in Tifton. Ten additional Georgia communities are set to complete the program by 2017.

Christopher Nunn joins DCA team as newest deputy   (8/28/2015)
(ATLANTA) DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles announced recently that a new era in the agency's history will begin on September 1 with Christopher Nunn at the helm as the Deputy Commissioner of Community & Economic Development Finance.

DCA Commissioner Knowles joins former U.S. Sen. Chambliss co-teaching at UGA Law School   (8/24/2015)
Students taking the course Political Leadership and the Law at the University of Georgia School of Law this semester are receiving firsthand insights into public service from former U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. He is co-teaching the class for the fall 2015 semester with his former chief of staff, Camila Knowles, who is now serving as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. The first class was held today, Aug. 24, 2015.

Deal announces $36.8 million in community development awards to 78 Georgia communities   (8/21/2015)
(ATLANTA) Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that 78 Georgia communities will receive a total of $36.8 million in assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded funding to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Governor Deal announces $12.5 in AmeriCorps grants   (7/31/2015)
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia organizations will receive more than $12.5 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to fund grants and education scholarships for 909 AmeriCorps members serving in 17 nonprofit and public agencies. These agents will address critical areas including education, homelessness, the environment, veterans, natural disasters, healthcare and career development. Of the total funding amount, AmeriCorps will grant $3,452,514 to the Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism, a part of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

U.S. Treasury awards more than $16.2 million to support Georgia’s small businesses    (7/30/2015)
(7/30/15 – ATLANTA) The U.S. Treasury Department today announced that Georgia has received $16,254,892 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds to help small businesses access the capital they need to grow and create jobs. To date, $47,808,507 in SSBCI funds have been disbursed to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) to support businesses and the local economy.

Georgia DCA and GARC partner to hire State's first Geospatial Information Officer   (7/8/2015)
(7/8/15 – ATLANTA) Georgia’s local governments, state agencies, and even the private sector, will soon benefit from the latest hire of the State’s first-ever geospatial information officer (GIO) through a partnership between the Georgia Association of Regional Commissions (GARC) and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The public partners announced the selection of Susan Miller on July 8.

GMA GeorgiaCities April 2015: New DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles Excited to Help Cities Achieve Their Goals   (4/10/2015)
The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has a new leader, Camila Knowles. Knowles was sworn into office on January 15. Her DCA staff interviewed her back in January and GMA is publishing that interview along with the commissioner’s answers to a few questions of our own for "GeorgiaCities" April 2015 edition.

Atlanta hosts premier downtown revitalization conference   (3/26/2015)
Washington — The 30th National Main Streets Conference is coming to Atlanta Monday through Wednesday, attracting approximately 1,400 city planners, community revitalization professionals, volunteers and elected officials. The conference brings together a diverse national network of groups dedicated to generating economic vitality, fostering a unique sense of place and engaging key stakeholders in planning the future of their historic downtowns. Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has guided this work in more than 2,000 communities nationwide to produce $61.7 billion in investment, stimulate more than 285,000 building rehabilitation projects and create nearly 530,000 jobs. The 2015 National Main Streets Conference is co-hosted by Georgia Main Street through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

OneGeorgia Authority awards $1.3 million in grant funds   (3/18/2015)
Brantley, Laurens and Murray counties to benefit (ATLANTA) — Gov. Nathan Deal and members of the OneGeorgia Authority Board met March 9 to approve and affirm $1.3 million in grants from OneGeorgia Authority’s portfolio of financing programs. These awards will assist economic development projects in rural Georgia aimed at creating jobs, stimulating private investment, supporting and retaining existing jobs, and enhancing regional competitiveness.

State of Georgia awarded $10.1 million in rental assistance for people with disabilities   (3/12/2015)
State of Georgia awarded $10.1 million in rental assistance for people with disabilities: Federal HUD program to help 350 Georgia households prevent unnecessary institutionalization and homelessness ATLANTA — The State of Georgia recently became one of 24 states, plus the District of Columbia, and the only state in the southeastern U.S. to be awarded millions of dollars to help prevent thousands of low-income citizens with disabilities from being unnecessarily institutionalized or possibly falling into homelessness. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced March 2 the awards topping $150 million in rental assistance to 25 state housing agencies across the country. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), through its Georgia Housing and Finance Authority, will be able to assist 350 households in the state with permanent affordable rental housing and needed supportive services with the $10,174,407 award it received.

Georgia Department of Community Affairs honors ten governments for planning excellence   (2/2/2015)
Atlanta, Ga – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) designated ten local governments as the inaugural members of DCA’s PlanFirst: Athens-Clarke County, the Town of Braselton, Coweta County, the City of Gainesville, Johnson County, Jones County, the City of Madison, the City of Suwanee, the City of Vienna and the City of Woodstock in a ceremony at the State Capitol. These communities have shown a long and sustained commitment to excellence in creating community visions, and then following adopted plans to achieve those visions.


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