Atlanta Mayoral Candidates to Address Affordable Housing Issues
Candidates for the November 2017 Atlanta mayoral election will address the future of affordable housing at a forum to be held from 9:30 – 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street in Atlanta. The public is invited to attend, but must register for the event at http://conta.cc/2uJwt67
Candidates participating in the forum are Peter Aman, Rohit Ammanamanchi, Al Bartell, John Eaves, Vincent Fort, Kwanza Hall, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Ceasar Mitchell, Mary Norwood, Michael Sterling and Cathy Woolard.
The forum will be hosted by the City for All Housing Coalition and the TransFormation Alliance at the quarterly Atlanta Regional Housing Forum. The coalition, which includes organizations such as Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Georgia ACT, Enterprise Community Partners, Partners for HOME and others, seeks to educate and mobilize citizens to press for needed resources to address the need for housing affordability and accessibility.
“Housing affordability has emerged as one of the biggest concerns of this mayoral election,” said Bruce Gunter, president of Civitas Housing Group and City for All’s co-founder. “City for All Housing Coalition is pleased to present this opportunity to hear ideas about affordable housing, homelessness and community development directly from the candidates.”
The coalition’s primary objective is to generate additional public funding for affordable housing. Its top priorities for next administration include the following proposals:
- $250 million in public revenue for a Housing Trust Fund by 2021,
- Mandatory inclusionary zoning legislation for the Atlanta Beltline’s overlay district,
- Locate affordable housing near transit and advocate for the Living Transit Fund, and
- Reclaim vacant housing and repurpose surplus city-owned land use for affordable housing.
“The next mayor of Atlanta will play a historic role in ensuring that Atlanta remains a viable home for all – which will require reversing some very troubling current trends. Since 2010, our city has lost 8,000 units of affordable housing and could lose 24,000 more in the decade ahead. Equally troubling is that nearly one in every two Atlanta residents is housing-cost-burdened – a figure that jumps to 70% when looking exclusively at low-income residents,” said William McFarland of Georgia ACT and City for All co-founder.
The forum will be moderated by Bill Bolling, founder of the Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Food Well Alliance.
“For more than 30 years, the Atlanta Housing Forum has been convening private- and public-sector stakeholders and advocates to discuss housing needs in our community,” said, Bolling. “Today in Atlanta, we find ourselves at an important junction. Will we be a city that leverages its incredible innovation and ingenuity to ensure housing options for our low- and moderate-income families? The Atlanta way has always been one of finding the right path forward.”
About City for All and The TransFormation Alliance
City for All is a broad-based coalition dedicated to ensuring an Atlanta with housing affordable for all. City for All will educate and mobilize citizens to press for legislation and resources which effectively address the urgent need for housing affordability and accessibility. www.cityforall.org
The TransFormation Alliance is a collaboration of community advocates, policy experts, transit providers and government agencies that believes equitable transit-oriented development can promote community building practices to link communities near transit stations with the opportunities they need to thrive. www.atltransformationalliance.org