Affordable Rental Housing Development
Learn more about DCA's programs to finance affordable rental housing development.
As part of the group of national service grants that includes VISTA, Learn & Serve America and Senior Corps, AmeriCorps is a grant program funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service to meet local community needs and provide service opportunities for Americans. AmeriCorps grants are competitive, require a local match and are awarded to nonprofits, local governments and other eligible organizations to enroll AmeriCorps members who serve for limited terms and become eligible to earn education scholarships.
Business Development Revolving Loan Fund
This program is funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission and is designed
to make loans to private businesses through local development authorities. The
program benefits the 37-county area of Appalachian Georgia by funding projects
that lead to job creation or retention.
Bond Allocation Program
For businesses and individuals seeking long-term, low-interest rate financing
for the construction or improvements of manufacturing facilities, single and
multi-family housing projects exempt financing is available both at the state
and local level. DCA is responsible for implementing a system for allocating
the use of private-activity bonds, as permitted by federal law, in order to
further the economic development of the state, to further the provision of safe,
sanitary, and affordable housing, and otherwise to further the purposes of the
laws of the state which provide for the issuance of such bonds.
CHDO Operating Assistance
Provides funding to qualified State designated Community Housing Development
Organizations (CHDO) to maintain their operation and to develop their capacity
to implement HOME-funded CHDO activities.
CHDO Predevelopment Loan Program
Provides interest free loans to qualified nonprofit organizations for the preparation
of complete and comprehensive applications to DCA's HOME Rental Housing Loan
or Permanent Supportive Housing Loan programs.
Block Grant Program
Provides matching grant funds which can assist a wide range of eligible activities,
including housing improvement projects, public facilities such as water and
sewer lines, buildings such as local health centers or head start centers, and
economic development projects. (Eligible applicants are limited to local government,
cities and counties).
Revolving Loan Fund (DD RLF)
The Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund is designed to assist non-entitlement
cities and counties in implementing quality downtown development projects. Loans
may be used for a variety of public or private projects that involve infrastructure
improvements, real estate development or redevelopment, and, in some cases,
purchase or lease of equipment.
The Emergency Shelter Grant
Program provides direct funding to eligible applicants (including nonprofit
organizations and local governments) operating homeless housing and service
programs to benefit homeless populations. At present, applicants may utilize
funds for 1) operation of housing (shelter or transitional) facilities, 2) support
services, 3) development of housing or supportive service facilities, 4) homeless
prevention, and/or 5) technical assistance.
Employment Incentive Program
The Employment Incentive Program is a Community Development and Block Grant
funded grant program designed to support local government projects intended
to facilitate and enhance job creation and/or retention, principally for persons
of low and moderate income.
DCA offers a variety of financing assistance to promote affordable home ownership
opportunities such as the Georgia Dream Homeownership Program.
Georgia Main Street/Better
The Main Street/Better Hometown Program is a self-help community development
program designed to improve a downtown's quality of life and is modeled on the
Main Street Four Point Approach (TM) to downtown revitalization. The Main Street/Better
Hometown Program focuses on economic development through downtown revitalization,
historic preservation and restoring a sense of place.
Provides funding to nonprofit organizations to provide accessibility improvements
to owner occupied homes that are the primary residence of an individual with
Housing Choice Voucher Program
(Section 8 Rental Assistance)
DCA administers the Housing Choice Voucher program that pays a portion of qualifying
households rent directly to participating landlords.
The Housing Opportunities for Persons
with AIDS Program provides supportive housing and related services for low
income persons living with HIV or AIDS. The program offers direct subsidies
of federal funds to nonprofit organizations operating housing and providing
supportive services to this population.
The Housing Tax Credit Program
provides federal tax credits to owners of qualified rental properties who reserve
all or a portion of their units for occupancy by low income tenants.
DCA's process for allocating funds through the OAH is outlined in Georgia’s
Qualified Allocation Plan. This document describes (1) the federal and state
resources available for financing rental housing through the OAH, (2) the legislative
requirements for distributing these resources, (3) the State's preference for
the location and type of such housing, (4) the process used for evaluating applications
and awarding these resources, and (5) program compliance requirements and procedures.
DCA offers a streamlined, single application to access funds available through
the HOME Rental Housing Loan and Housing Tax Credit programs. The competitive
application process for these funds occurs in the spring of each year. DCA offers
only one application cycle for these funds annually.
General questions may be directed to email@example.com,
or by phone at (404) 982-3483.
& Danger Program
The Immediate Threat and Danger Program is a $400,000 CBBG set aside grant program
that provides 50% matching grant to local government. This program funds community
development, having a particular urgency because existing conditions pose a
serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.
Learn & Serve America
The Learn & Serve America program, which Congress stopped funding in 2011, provided competitive grants though state service commissions to schools and other education organizations to supplement classroom learning through experiential service in communities. The program was funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
The OneGeorgia Authority,
created by the Governor and the Legislature, utilizes one third of the state's tobacco settlement
to assist the state's most economically challenged areas. $1.6 billion is anticipated to be
available over the 25-year term of the settlement. OneGeorgia investments are targeted towards
Permanent Supportive Housing
Provides financing to nonprofit organizations to develop and own permanent supportive
housing for tenants with special needs. Both construction and/or permanent financing
are available through this program to construct or rehabilitate rental housing
with supportive services.
In addition to funding programs and associated planning, DCA recently developed
the State Housing
Trust Fund for the Homeless Directory. This Directory lists homeless and
special needs housing organizations operating within the State. While DCA makes
an effort to control the content of this Directory, users are cautioned that
the listing of an organization in this directory does not imply that the organization
is in any way approved or endorsed by DCA. All persons should exercise due diligence
and caution when selecting organizations for services, charitable contributions,
volunteerism or any related reason.
Regional Assistance Program
The Regional Assistance Program (RAP) is a collaborative effort of DCA and GEFA
to support multi-county and regional collaboration in economic development.
The RAP program provides grants to local governments and local government authorities
for multi-county activities important to regional economic development.
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