February 19, 2019

Wanted: Ideas to Improve Housing Affordability in Atlanta 

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Atlanta Skyline: 100 Great Ideas

By Tim Block, Program Director, Enterprise Southeast

Enterprise’s three decades of working with low-income communities to create opportunity has shown us the critical role that residents should play in creating effective solutions for improving lives and neighborhoods.

To capture their insights about a key issue facing the Atlanta area, we’re asking people to join us on Facebook beginning April 8 to share ideas on “What are the best ways to improve housing affordability in metro Atlanta?

Consider these facts

  • Atlanta loses 1,500 affordable homes every year.
  • Housing costs are rising much faster than wages.
  • Eighty percent of Atlanta households spend more than 45 percent of their income on housing and transportation.

Their result: too many families in our region with too few dollars for all of life’s necessities, let alone for investing in one’s future. So, we’re asking for your help!

100 Great Ideas Atlanta

As part of National Fair Housing Month, we’re partnering with social impact accelerator Radical Partners to create “100 Great Ideas Atlanta,” a five-day, online community brainstorm focused on ways to make well-designed homes affordable and connected to quality schools, public transportation, jobs and health care.

Our zip codes too often determine what we can do with our lives. We all want the opportunity to make the most of our potential – but ensuring that opportunity exists equally for everyone is another matter. 

Some of the best solutions for closing those gaps will come from our community. That’s why we’re asking you to join us now on the 100 Great Ideas Atlanta Facebook Group – and invite others to join the group, too.

100 Great Ideas Atlanta kicks off Monday, April 8 and will run through April 12. We’ll have guest experts, Facebook Live conversations and more. The campaign is open and accessible to residents across metro Atlanta. For those who may not know much about housing affordability and the challenges it creates for Atlanta, we have a  backgrounder web page, which will help you understand the issues and what’s at stake. 

Whether a renter or owner, participants in this conversation will be able to offer up their own experiences and learnings regarding affordability and many related issues, such as being able to pay for health care, invest in education, and so on.

We’ll capture and synthesize the ideas created during the week – we hope 100, but maybe more – into a final report, and then share it with local elected officials and work with them on implementation. Join us – we can’t do it without you!

For more information, please contact Tim Block at tblock@enterprisecommunity.org.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, for partnering with us to launch 100 Great Ideas Atlanta, and to our host committee, including Atlanta Regional Commission, Center for Civic Innovation, TransFormation Alliance, and Urban Land Institute.

For data sources, see backgrounder.

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