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GA Homeless Housing Funding

Press Release

Atlanta - 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. 

"Substantial public and private resources have been committed to address issues of homelessness. Since 1987, DCA has provided guidance for Georgia on this important quality of life issue that touches every community," said Commissioner Beatty.

"Today, DCA is pleased to join HUD and the State Housing Trust Fund Commission in providing these much needed funds.  Based on published criteria, 210 agencies throughout the state have been selected to receive funding to support operational costs, technical assistance and a wide range of related housing support services.  We are pleased that these funds will go directly to Georgia's front-line organizations, those working to provide services to individuals and families without homes of their own," added Beatty.

Local agencies serving Coastal Georgia are slated to receive awards totaling $932,410.

State funding is provided through Georgia's State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless.  Federal funding is provided through three U.S. Department Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs - Emergency Shelter Grant Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS and Supportive Housing Program.  Detailed information regarding the awards is provided at http://www.dca.ga.gov/housing/specialneeds/programs/documents/SFY2010ESG_HOPWA_AwardsMemo_000.pdf.

Upon notification of its award, an agency will be required to submit additional paperwork to Georgia's Office of the State Housing Trust Fund.  Over the next month, DCA will host administrative briefings for agencies selected for awards. Briefings will provide general information on federal and state requirements, eligible activities, the reimbursement process, audit, reporting and financial requirements and other matters related to program administration. 

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD is available at www.hud.gov.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was created in 1977 to serve as an advocate for local governments.  As outlined in its mission statement, DCA seeks opportunities that support "partnering with communities to help create a climate of success for Georgia's families and businesses "  DCA operates a host of state and federal grant programs; serves as the state's lead agency in housing finance and development; promulgates building codes to be adopted by local governments; provides comprehensive planning, technical and research assistance to local governments; and serves as the lead agency for the state's solid waste reduction efforts.  For more information about DCA, please visit https://owa.dca.state.ga.us/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.dca.state.ga.us/.

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