Cedartown, Liberty County, Madison, Pine Mountain and Trion “Graduate” from Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Program

Group completes 3-year program designed to help communities address housing needs


Atlanta, GA (October 4, 2017) – Local leaders from the cities of Cedartown and Madison, the towns of Pine Mountain and Trion, and Liberty County were each recognized for their community’s completion of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) program during the annual retreat held September 19-21 in Athens.  The achievements of each community will be highlighted today at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) annual fall conference in Savannah.


The 2017 GICH awards were presented by Carmen Chubb, Deputy Commissioner for Housing at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA); Steve Foster, Senior Urban Advisor at the Georgia Power Company; Dr. Linda Kirk Fox, Dean of The University of Georgia (UGA)’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences; Dr. Laura Meadows, Interim Vice President for UGA’s Public Service and Outreach; and Bill Thornton, Interim Executive Director of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).


Launched in 2004, GICH helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through the development of housing and revitalization strategies. GICH offers communities a three-year program of collaboration and technical assistance. During a community’s participation, team members work to create and launch a locally-based plan to meet local housing needs. GICH grew out of Georgia’s experience with the National League of Cities’ Affordable Housing Program. 


GICH is a collaboration of partners including: the University of Georgia’s Housing and Demographics Research Center, a unit of the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences; UGA’s Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach; the Georgia Department of Community Affairs; and the Georgia Municipal Association, a voluntary, non-profit organization based in Atlanta that provides legislative advocacy, educational, employee benefit and consulting services to its 521 member cities.

The GICH program is funded by Georgia Power, as well as by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through a Rural Community Development Initiative grant. Additional in-kind services are provided by UGA Cooperative Extension and UGA’s Archway Partnership and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, both units of the UGA Office of Public Service and Outreach. 

Ten Georgia communities opt for GICH’s expertise to address local housing needs

Other communities throughout Georgia have also been quick to recognize GICH’s value. 

·         The communities of Athens-Clarke County, Evans County and the cities of Millen, Monroe and Rockmart were accepted into the program in 2015.  These cities are scheduled to complete the program in 2018. 

·         The community of Bartow County and the cities of Commerce, Dublin, Fairburn, Union City, and Warrenton were accepted into the program in 2016.  These communities are scheduled to complete the program in 2019. 


GICH accepts applications from prospective program participants each year in April.  For additional information about GICH, contact Program Director Karen Tinsley at 706-542-4949 or klt@uga.edu or visit http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hace/hdrc/gich/index.html.  



MaryBrown Sandys

Director of Marketing & Communications

Georgia Department of Community Affairs

(o) 404-679-0661




Karen Tinsley

GICH Program Director
The University of Georgia

(o) 706-542-4949             






About the Georgia Department of Community Affairs

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) partners with communities to create a climate of success for Georgia’s families and businesses through community and economic development, local government assistance, and safe and affordable housing. Using state and federal resources, DCA helps communities spur private job creation, implement planning, develop downtowns, generate affordable housing solutions, and promote volunteerism. DCA also helps qualified low- and moderate-income Georgians buy homes, rent housing, and prevent foreclosure and homelessness. For more information, visit www.dca.ga.gov.