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David Scott, Gretchen Corbin, Jenner Wood

GDCA offers help to Georgians facing foreclosure

Rep. David Scott (D-13) and SunTrust recently partnered with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (GDCA) to introduce Georgians to HomeSafe Georgia, a federally-funded program that helps prevent home foreclosures. Mortgage and financial counselors were on hand at the Operation Hope Financial Dignity Center in Atlanta to discuss details of the program and help homeowners file for mortgage assistance. Pictured left to right: Rep. David Scott, GDCA Commissioner Gretchen Corbin, and Jenner Wood, President & CEO, Atlanta Region, SunTrust.

Beginning Feb. 1st, changes to the HomeSafe program will make assistance available to a wider range of homeowners. Interested parties should call at 1-877-519-4443 or visit www.homesafegeorgia.com.

DCA welcomes new commissioner

Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Gretchen Corbin as the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs in August 2013. Ms. Corbin’s deep experience in business and community development is an asset in leading the agency that, since 1977, has managed state and federal funds dedicated to community development, economic development financing and housing activities for the State of Georgia. Click here for Commissioner Corbin's biography.

Exceeding Excellence Program Overview

Did you receive excellent service from a DCA staffer?  If so, DCA wants to hear about it!

DCA's Exceeding Excellence Customer Service Recognition Program allows you to recognize a job "very well done."  The program represents an innovative effort that allows DCA team members and our external customers to recognize DCA team members for providing excellent customer service that goes above and beyond normal job duties.

An overview is provided below:

  • Eligibility – Any DCA team member can be nominated for providing excellent customer service.
  • Nominations – May be made by any DCA customers or staffers. Nominations are reviewed by selection committees in each division that recommends a candidate for the quarterly award.
  • Selection – DCA leadership choose a quarterly winner from division recommendations.  DCA’s Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners are not eligible for nomination or selection.
  • Recognition – All nominees for the quarterly award will be recognized on the DCA Intranet, the DCA monthly newsletter and at an annual employee recognition event.

News Releases

News Releases – for more information, contact Alison Tyrer, Director of Marketing and Communications, 404.679.0661, alison.tyrer@dca.ga.gov.

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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Program Updates

DCA’s Office of Research & Surveys

The Office of Research and Surveys, in the Local Government Assistance Division, provides accurate, up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to local government in Georgia. Many of the surveys that local governments complete each year are governed by state law, meant to help provide a high level of transparency in government for Georgia's citizens.

If you want to see where the money goes in your local government, or if you'd like to see how other governments of similar sizes "get things done around town" you can check out the Report of Local Government Finances. It's a great resource not only for elected officials, planners and accountants, but also for citizens and students. Likewise, the annual Government Management Indicators Report (GOMI) provides comparisons for governments of similar sizes. Can a small city or rural county afford a sewer system, or a parks and recreation program, or a professional planning staff? The GOMI report can help supply the information to make an informed decision. The most popular annual report is a voluntary one (the others are required by Georgia law): The Wage and Salary Survey. It provides salary ranges for a variety of public sector jobs in Georgia, organized by the size of the community. The information in this report can help local governments determine a competitive wage when hiring for a new position.

The Office of Research and Surveys publishes a wide array of information on the Department's website, but due to space and time constraints, doesn't publish all the data they collect. A complete list of the various reports we provide each year is available online. The staff can provide additional information upon request, so if you don't see what you're looking for, contact Jonathan Sharpe at jonathan.sharpe@dca.ga.gov.

Public Notices

Annual Action Public Comment Notice: Notice of public comment period for FFY 2014/ SFY 2015 DCA Proposed Annual Action plan. A copy of the draft Annual Action Plan will be available for public comment from April 10, 2014 through close of business on May 12, 2014.


Request for Information - Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing

OneGeorgia Authority Board of Directors Meeting Agenda
Georgia State Capitol, Room 107, March 25, 2014, 9:30 a.m.


Request for Professional Services

Interested in providing goods or services to DCA and other state agencies? All State of Georgia Procurement opportunities are listed on the Statewide Procurement Registry: http://ssl.doas.state.ga.us/PRSapp/PR_index.jsp
Additional questions regarding the State of Georgia's procurement guidelines may be directed to the Georgia Department of Administrative Services at 404-657-6000.

Georgia Housing and Finance Authority Request for Qualifications RFQ
HQS/UPCS Inspections and Rent Reasonableness Survey Services
Date Issued: August 19, 2013

Request for Quote (PDF)
Appendix A Qualification Submittal Specifications (PDF)
Appendix B - SPD-SP054 Immigration and Security Form (PDF)
Appendix C Verification of Lawful presence within the United States (PDF)
Appendix D Cost Worksheet Cost Pricing (PDF)
Appendix E Mandatory Section 3 Solicitation package (PDF)

Questions and Answers (PDF)
Pre-Bid Meeting PowerPoint presentation, September 23, 2013 (PDF)


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