Each year, only five communities are selected to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing following a competitive application process. During the three-year program, each community housing team receives facilitation, instruction, and technical assistance as they design and implement a housing program to improve both the quality of life of its citizens and the communities’ economic conditions.
The centerpiece of the Initiative is a series of retreats, where each housing team will work separately with a facilitator/housing professional, as well as engage in cross-community sharing and collaboration. Each community has access to technical assistance and receives continuous feedback throughout the three-year program.
Any city, county, or public housing authority in Georgia was eligible to apply, on behalf of a community housing team. Greensboro’s team of about twenty members includes representatives from local government, business, nonprofit housing organizations, and the public housing authority as well as faith-based organizations, churches, development authorities, the Greene County Chamber of Commerce and the local school system.
To be accepted into the GICH program, Greensboro organized a compelling application and hosted a community site visit and bus tour for the selection committee. The team has worked to identify the challenges that Greensboro hopes to resolve through participation in GICH.
“Our Housing Team has been wonderful to work with so far,” says Cail Hammons with the City of Greensboro. “We have put together a team of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds, and we look forward to working together to address the challenges Greensboro faces in improving its residential neighborhoods.”
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing is a collaboration of the Housing and Demographics Research Center and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and the Georgia Municipal Association. The program is partially funded by the Georgia Power Company, and additional in-kind services are provided by the Georgia Electric Membership Corporation, the University of Georgia’s Archway Partnership, and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The five communities selected will attend their first class at a retreat in February 2013.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please call Karen Tinsley at the Housing and Demographics Research Center at the University of Georgia at (706) 542-4949 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Greensboro’s participation in GICH feel free to contact Cail Hammons at (706) 453-7674 or email email@example.com.
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