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Deal announces $39.7 million in community development awards

Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that 82 Georgia communities will receive a total of $39.7 million in assistance to 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 Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
“Strong, vibrant communities help attract companies to the state,” Deal said. “The projects funded by this program will ensure successful economic development and enhance the quality of life for all Georgians. By leveraging this funding with private investment and local funds, these communities are able to maximize the opportunities offered by the CDBG program and keep Georgia the nation’s top state for business.”

Seventy-one Georgia communities will receive almost $35.8 million in Community Development Block Grants for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers that will serve Georgia’s neediest citizens. In addition, $3.9 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program (EIP) funding was recently awarded to 11 Georgia communities to invest in redevelopment and economic development projects that are creating 1,172 jobs and $316.6 million in private investment.

Georgia’s Community Development Block Grant program annually supports projects in the state’s small and rural communities that create jobs and assist low- and moderate-income citizens. Awards ranging from $181,414 to $800,000 will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods, construction of health facilities and youth centers and infrastructure that supports manufacturing and other business operations. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of the award.

“The annual Community Development Block Grant awards are one of DCA’s most well-known, competitive and far-reaching programs, touching cities and counties in every corner of the state,” said Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Gretchen Corbin. “We appreciate the vision and hard work that went into each application and look forward to working with these communities as they lay the groundwork for future growth.”

A complete list of the 2014 CDBG awards can be found here. For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards and annual conference, click here.

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.



Notice to communities receiving 2014 Community Development Block Grant Awards:

The full press release announcing this year’s recipients of the CDBG awards is posted on the Governor’s and DCA’s website.

For more information regarding Georgia’s CDBG awards, please see http://www.dca.ga.gov/communities/CDBG/programs/CDBG.asp. In addition, an informational workshop for CDBG recipient communities is scheduled for September 4-5, 2014 at The Hyatt Regency Savannah. Please see the following link for workshop-related information: http://www.dca.ga.gov/communities/CDBG/index.asp. Workshop-related questions may also be directed to Lisa Smith at (404) 679-5276 or lisa.smith@dca.ga.gov.




DCA’s SCCP team celebrates the agency’s awards. Front row: Haley Allison, LaQuanta Pressley, Kathryn Darville, Cathy Quay, Traci Turgeon, Brian Williamson, Gretchen Corbin. Back row: Brian Connor, Max Rietschier, John Ellis, Jamilla Byrd, Phil Smith


DCA Takes Top Honors in State Giving Drive

On June 18, the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS) recognized the outstanding achievements of the Department of Community Affairs and twenty other state agencies and members of the University System of Georgia at the annual State Charitable Contributions Program (SCCP) awards ceremony. In the last 17 years, the program has raised more than $43 million to help support local and nationwide charities. Last fall, more than $1.39 million was pledged across the state. SCCP was established in 1982 by the Georgia General Assembly and the awards recognize the significant achievements of participating agencies.

Headed by Haley Allison, the DCA SCCP team rallied the staff throughout the fall, with a series of raffles and giveaways and a “Taste of DCA” luncheon, with all proceeds going to the SCCP. In addition, the work of this dedicated team encouraged staff to increase their contribution by 100 percent over the 2012-2013 SCCP campaign.

“Huge congratulations are due to every one of our employees who contributed and a big thanks to our spirit committee for leading the agency down the path to success,” said Commissioner Corbin. “I’m not surprised at the heart of our DCA family, and I’m very glad that everyone else knows about it, too.”

Agency-wide, DCA had a whopping 77 percent rate of employee participation in the State Charitable Contribution Program for 2013-2014. These team efforts and our employees’ generosity resulted in DCA winning an unprecedented three awards for state agencies of 101-500 employees:

  • Governor’s Award for Largest Increase in Contributions Total
  • Governor’s Award for Highest Level of Employee Participation
  • Commissioner’s Award for the Highest Contribution per Employee

In addition, DOAS Commissioner Sid Johnson announced that Commissioner Gretchen Corbin will serve as the honorary chair for the statewide 2014-2015 campaign.

“I can’t wait to see what our generosity, here at DCA and statewide, will bring in the 2014 campaign. I look forward to the honor and challenge of chairing the SCCP campaign this year and to the opportunity to provide significant funds to so many of Georgia’s worthy causes,” said Commissioner Corbin.

The campaign will run from September 1-October 31, 2014 with the theme “Looking Forward, Giving Back.” Read more at http://team.georgia.gov/employees-serving-proudly/georgias-state-employees-donate-1-39-million-to-charity-in-fy14/




Carmen Chubb with SMITH award

Carmen Chubb, Deputy Commissioner for Housing, was awarded the prestigious SMITH's Lifetime Achievement Award in March.

The award is given each year at SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Conference to honor the recipient's body of work. SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Award was introduced in 2004 to provide recognition to an individual who has made a lasting impact on the affordable housing finance market.

Smith's Research and Gradings is a nationally-recognized research company, providing independent research and third-party analysis for institutional investors. SMITH's Conference series provide unique forums for investors and issuers to discuss matters of mutual interest. They include SMITH's Affordable Housing Finance Conference, State and Local Government Finance Conference, and Community-Based Healthcare Conference.




Billy Peppers at NMSA in Detroit

The Department of Community Affairs is proud to announce that, in 2015, Georgia Main Street will host the National Main Street Conference for the first time in the program's history.

From March 30 through April 2, we will highlight Georgia’s most urban cities, as well as our classic small towns with mobile workshops, concurrent sessions, and several special events to showcase our state and our host city.

We look forward to seeing you there!




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.




News Releases

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


Deal announces AmeriCorps grants for Georgia organizations   (8/12/2014)
Gov. Nathan Deal announced today that Georgia organizations will receive $3,437,917 in AmeriCorps funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to engage 690 AmeriCorps members with 15 nonprofit organizations and meet education, health, environmental and other local needs.

DCA increases access to fair housing information   (5/14/2014)
DCA provides new web address and training workshop for Georgians seeking fair housing. ATLANTA (May 14, 2014) — The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has established a new, simple web address for all relevant fair housing information and will also be hosting a free fair housing accessibility training workshop that will examine compliance with the Fair Housing Act design and construction requirements. The workshop will take place on June 3, 2014 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

State of Georgia awards $10.2 million in 34 community home investment grants   (5/2/2014)
CHIP program funds down payments, home rehabilitations in communities around state. ATLANTA (May 1, 2014)—The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded more than $10.2 million in grants to 34 community entities around the state to help homeowners make down payments and rehabilitate their homes. Grant amounts range from $200,000 to $300,000. The awards were made through the 2014 Community HOME Investment Program (CHIP).

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.

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