DCA Program Awards Database

Program Descriptions

Affordable Rental Housing Development Financing
Learn more about DCA's programs to finance affordable rental housing development.

AmeriCorps
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.

Appalachian Region 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 Program
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.

Community Development 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).

Downtown Development 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.

Georgia Dream Homeownership Program
DCA offers a variety of financing assistance to promote affordable home ownership opportunities such as the Georgia Dream Homeownership Program.

Georgia Main Street/Better Hometown Program
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.

Home Access Program
Provides funding to nonprofit organizations to provide accessibility improvements to owner occupied homes that are the primary residence of an individual with a disability.

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 rentalhousing@dca.ga.gov, or by phone at (404) 982-3483.

Immediate Threat & 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 rural communities.

Permanent Supportive Housing Loan Program
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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