Georgia

  • State Data Overview

    Across Georgia, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    330,952
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    24%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -195,926
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $39,758
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    73%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Kyle Arbuckle

    Kyle Arbuckle

    202.662.1530 x227 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Georgia Advancing Communities Together, Inc. (Georgia ACT) 

    250 Georgia Avenue, SE

    Suite 350

    Atlanta, GA 30312

    P 404-586-0740

    http://georgiaact.net/

    Bambie Hayes Brown, President and CEO | [email protected]

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    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Kyle Arbuckle with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Bambie Hayes-Brown

    President and CEO

    Georgia Advancing Communities Together

    404-586-0740

    [email protected]
     

    William McFarland

    Policy Staffer

    Georgia Advancing Communities Together

    404-586-0740

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Camila Knowles

    Executive Director

    Georgia Department of Community Affairs

    404-679-0585

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Ryan Fleming 
    Manager of Internal Operations
    404-596-2626
    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Georgia Department of Community Affairs


    NHTF-specific page

    National Housing Trust Fund

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Georgia (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Georgia (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Georgia and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Georgia and Nationwide

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  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    No information at this time.

    Nearly a dozen families residing at an extended hotel in DeKalb County were evicted, but the Housing Justice League and DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson report that anyone who has lived at the property longer than 90 days cannot legally be evicted under the federal moratorium. Commissioner Johnson noted that many people, including landlords, do not fully understand the CDC eviction moratorium. 

    Updated on September 15, 2020


    The Georgia Recorder reports that eviction hearings are rising across Georgia after the supplemental unemployment benefit expired at the end of July and the 30 days’ notice of eviction required by the CARES Act ended on August 24.

    WABE reports that as federal eviction protections have expired, tenants in metro Atlanta are feeling the effects. 

    Updated on September 2, 2020.


    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced on August 20 that the city has allocated $22 million from the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) to the Atlanta COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The program is expected to help more than 6,700 Atlanta residents with rental, utility, and/or security deposit assistance. Applications for the rental assistance program are now available at: https://relief.uwga.org/.

    Georgia Public Broadcasting “On Second Thought” host Virginia Prescott spoke with housing experts to examine the state’s looming eviction crisis and the long-term impacts it could have on Georgia residents.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.


    More than 10,000 evictions have been on hold in metro Atlanta during the pandemic, but courts in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton, and Cobb counties have either recently resumed landlord-tenant hearings or will resume hearings in the coming days. Fulton, usually considered Georgia’s busiest eviction court, has a backlog of over 9,000 cases and will hold virtual hearings, rather than in-person hearings, until at least November.

    Updated on August 19, 2020.


    WABE reports that while in Georgia many courts have paused in-person eviction hearings for the time being, thousands of evictions have been filed in Fulton, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties since March.

    Updated on August 11, 2020.


    Crossroads Community Ministries, an organization that operates like a post office for people who are experiencing homelessness and don’t have a permanent address, has continued to provide services throughout the pandemic. The executive director spoke with WABE about the challenges that the organization has encountered due to COVID-19.

    Atlanta

    The Atlanta City Council approved legislation on June 15, directing millions of dollars in CARES Act funding to support people experiencing homelessness and prevent evictions. City officials are allocating $22 million for rental assistance to prevent evictions and homelessness. An additional $7 million will be allocated to provide care for people experiencing homelessness to mitigate COVID-19 effects. Read the legislation here.

    Updated on June 22, 2020.


    The city of Atlanta has acquired 250 hotel rooms to house people experiencing homelessness who are either older than 65 or dealing with underlying health conditions. The city is paying $3 million to lease the hotel rooms for three months until August 1, with approximately half of the funding coming from philanthropic dollars and half from emergency funding. 


    Atlanta has tested more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness, uncovering approximately 30 new positive cases in shelters. The total number of people experiencing homelessness who have tested positive is at least 55 as of April 20.

    Savannah

    The Savannah Homeless Authority has partnered with the City of Savannah and Chatham Emergency Management Agency to deliver meals-ready-to-eat, or MRE’s, to the city’s more than 35 homeless camps Thursday morning.

    No information at this time.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    The Georgia Recorder reports that eviction hearings are rising across Georgia after the supplemental unemployment benefit expired at the end of July and federal eviction protections expire on August 24. More than 10,000 evictions have been on hold in metro Atlanta during the pandemic, but courts in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Fulton, and Cobb counties have either recently resumed landlord-tenant hearings or will resume hearings in the coming days. Fulton, usually considered Georgia’s busiest eviction court, has a backlog of over 9,000 cases and will hold virtual hearings, rather than in-person hearings, until at least November.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.


    More than 10,000 eviction cases have been on hold in metro Atlanta during the health crisis, but courts in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties resumed landlord-tenant hearings this week. Fulton and Cobb plan to restart next week. Judges generally plan to start with cases that were filed before the pandemic hit but have not yet been ruled on.

    Updated: August 12


    No statewide order was ever issued. The State Supreme Court had tolled deadlines in pending cases from March 14-July 14 (allowing for local discretion). This extended the time limit tenants and landlords had to respond to eviction cases but did not prevent cases. All proceedings related to evictions have continued throughout the pandemic. 

    Updated: August 1


    In the third week of July, 28.3% of adults in Georgia reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, 465,246 renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett Counties

    6,000 evictions have been filed across these three counties since the pandemic began in mid-March. Housing advocates are concerned that many tenants did not know their chance to submit a defense in their eviction case and request a hearing (which could delay the process by a few weeks) had been extended from seven days to several months, but that the extra time expired last week. So far, tenants in Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett have submitted letters to request hearings in only one-fifth of those cases.  

    July 23

    Updated: July 29


    According to a weekly survey by the Census, 1 in 3 adults in the state either missed their last housing payment or have little/no confidence of being able to make next month’s housing payment.

    Fulton County

    2,000 eviction cases are pending in Fulton County. 

    June 19

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb