We Deserve A City We Can Afford

Affordable Housing

With the cost of living skyrocketing in Atlanta, people need help to keep up with it. As your District Representative, I will fight to not only make sure we have proper funding and appropriate measures in place to address our affordable housing crisis, but to also aid those facing the threat of displacement due to the rising cost of keeping their homes. If you are an outside investor in the district, it is time you pay your fair share. Also, we simply cannot ignore the growing unhousing crisis during mass unemployment and a mass pandemic. As a city we must come together and help house our unhoused neighbors. Housing is a human right.

Increase affordable housing supply

  1. Require that, within one year, the AHA releases RFPs for affordable housing development of all currently undeveloped land and former public housing developments in its portfolio. This must include proposals for permanent housing for currently unhoused residents, and can include innovative solutions like land trusts and housing co-ops.

    What does this mean?

    The Housing Authority must release inventory of undeveloped land and former housing developments within a year of them becoming available and work with non-profits and other existing organizations to find new ways to provide housing to the un-housed.

  2. Create city-wide inclusionary zoning policy for rental and single family developments with more than 10 units/homes. Mandate a 30% set aside for affordable housing in all new developments. Affordable set asides must exist in perpetuity, as long as the development remains a residential development with 10+ units, regardless of change in building ownership. In-lieu fees must be paid annually to compensate the development of new affordable units off-site.

    What does this mean?

    For any new development, both rental and single family, at least 30% of units have to qualify for affordable housing, and that affordability does not expire even if the owner changes. If the developer does not want to provide affordable housing they pay a yearly fee.

  3. Create a Task Force, in partnership with AHA, to research and evaluate the feasibility of a municipal housing plan for Atlanta, and other creative housing solutions like housing co-ops. (Municipal housing is financed by low-interest loans and capital grants enabled by the city government’s borrowing and taxation authorities, as well as its access to land.)

    What does this mean?

    The city should explore an Atlanta managed social housing solution because it can lead to low interest loans and provide more affordable housing.

  4. Increase the housing supply specifically for formerly incarcerated people, young people and seniors.
  5. Remove barriers (background checks, etc) for formerly incarcerated people to have access to affordable housing.

Increase financing for affordable housing

  1. Institute fines on investor-owned properties that are: 1) vacant and/or undeveloped for 2 or more years; or 2) violate housing codes. Fines should increase each subsequent year as property conditions continue to fall within either of the aforementioned categories.
    • Consider taxing the property measurements at market tax rate and reinvesting those funds into schools/the community.
  2. Create a redistribution fund that uses these tax revenues to: 1) provide technical assistance to investors who need help developing vacant property, 2) fund existing homeless shelters, 3) create new permanent housing for low/no income residents, and 4) provide rental assistance to low-income residents in need.
  3. Allocate funding to nonprofits and community organizations to create permanent housing for the unhoused. Preference should be given to existing organizations with experience in providing housing to unhoused residents.