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ALERT: Monday's QAP session postponed   (9/8/2017)
Atlanta, GA (September 8, 2017) -- The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has decided that, for the safety of all our participants, we will postpone Monday’s listening session scheduled to take place at Cobb Galleria on 2018 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), development and planned changes.

DCA launches Rural Zone portal today!    (9/1/2017)
Atlanta, GA (September 1, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs today launched its online portal for communities to apply for a Rural Zone designation, the first step in implementation of the new rural revitalization program signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal in May. The Rural Zone program, which stems from HB73, will provide tax credit incentives to promote revitalization by encouraging investment, job creation, and economic growth in long-established business districts designated as “Rural Zones.” The Commissioners of the Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Economic Development will designate up to 10 Rural Zones per year, with benefits earned for a period of five years.

It’s time to apply for 2018 CHIP grants!   (9/1/2017)
Atlanta, GA (September 1, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has posted its grant application today for communities to apply for approximately $5 million in new Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) grants.

Governor Deal announces more than $37.5 million in community development awards    (8/31/2017)
Atlanta, GA (August 31, 2017) – Governor Nathan Deal today announced that 59 Georgia communities will receive a total of $37.55 million in federal assistance to help grow their local economies. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the funding to Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, which is administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

Martin Luther King Jr. Advisory Council Celebrates Unveiling of Martin Luther King Jr. Statue on State Capitol Grounds   (8/28/2017)
August 28, 2017 (Atlanta, GA) – During a ceremony on the grounds of the State Capitol this morning, Gov. Nathan Deal unveiled a memorial statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The statue – a bronze, 8-foot-tall figure, standing on a 36” pedestal made of Georgia granite – is the culmination of a joint effort to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.

The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism announces 2017 AmeriCorps grants    (8/4/2017)
Atlanta, GA (August 4, 2017) – The Georgia Commission for Service and Volunteerism (GCSV), a state service commission housed within the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), announced today that Georgia has received more than $3.2 million in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency for volunteering and service programs.

Georgia receives $391,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation for “Healthy Families” project   (7/26/2017)
Atlanta, GA (July 26, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), in partnership with Southface and the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC), is pleased to announce the support of The Kresge Foundation in a joint venture with local public housing authorities (PHAs) to improve the ability of PHAs to address residents’ health through better quality housing and improved access to services. The Georgia HFA Healthy Families project has been awarded $391,962 to help communities overcome the environmental and social disadvantages that contribute to poor health. The grant period for the project is from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020. This effort builds on new and long-time relationships to strengthen the linkages between health and housing.

DCA to host three CHIP “listening sessions”   (6/23/2017)
Atlanta, GA (June 23, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is hosting three listening sessions around the state to get input on how the CHIP program is working in local communities. This will also be an opportunity for communities to ask questions about the Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP) program.

Governor Deal signs RURAL bill    (5/8/2017)
Atlanta, GA (May 8, 2017) – Gov. Nathan Deal today signed the RURAL (Revitalizing Underdeveloped Rural Areas Legislation) bill, HB 73, a comprehensive package that integrates multiple resources to help build new opportunities for rural economic development. The legislation offers incentives for job creation, commercial investment, and business activity in rural downtown areas through a series of tax credits: a job tax credit, an investment credit and a rehabilitation credit.

NCDW event: Preserving federal funding important for Georgia communities!   (4/18/2017)
As part of National Community Development Week (April 17-21), DCA Commissioner Camila Knowles is highlighting the impact of key community programs currently facing elimination in the proposed federal budget.

April is Fair Housing Month!   (4/6/2017)
Atlanta, GA (April 6, 2017) – Every April, we come together as a community and a nation to celebrate the anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act and recommit to that goal which inspired us in the aftermath of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968: To eliminate housing discrimination and create equal opportunity in every community.

Eight Cities Selected for Georgia’s Exceptional Main Streets Program   (4/4/2017)
Atlanta, GA (April 4, 2017) – The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced today that 8 new Georgia Main Street Cities will become part of the current Georgia’s Exceptional Main Street (GEMS) Program. These communities join 8 existing programs as proven leaders in downtown development.


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