State Housing Advocacy Issues
Georgia ACT Final 2017 Legislative Report
May 23, 2017
Public Policy Advocate Elizabeth J. Appley, Esq.
This is the end of the first of a two year session, so legislation that did not pass this year remains available for action next year. This summer and fall are ideal times to connect with your Senator and Representative back in the district. Please thank them for voting for the bills that passed and share with them why affordable housing is a priority for you and your organization. This is an easy way to begin to build a relationship with your elected officials that will deliver great dividends when the legislature convenes again in January.
Keep in mind that 2018 will see the election of a new Governor, Lt. Governor, all state Constitutional office holders, all members of the Georgia House and Senate, and our House Congressional delegation. Candidates have already begun to announce their intentions and those races will play a decisive role in what happens next session and beyond. It is important that we work to be sure that housing is front and center in these races and the choices voters make.
We will be in touch to keep you informed about key Study Committees that will be meeting over the interim on housing matters.
Thank you for your engagement and advocacy this session. Your voice is the key to our advocacy successes!
Fair Housing Choice
Low Income Housing Tax Credits
The Tax Credit Assistance Program
Low Income Housing Tax Credits and other programs that support the development of rental housing far outweigh State funding available for affordable homeownership and available subsidy is typically for buyers, not to support production of housing units. With the continued presence of foreclosed properties, we recommend reserving 30% of TCAP funding exclusively for acquisition and rehab of foreclosed properties, including construction of new units for sale or lease purchase in foreclosed subdivisions. 2. Nurture concerned, interested, committed parties (Supporting and strengthening partners in the housing delivery system)
DCA must intentionally aim to nurture, support and strengthen the most important partners in the housing delivery system committed to: - The development of affordable housing -Community and social impact (holistic and placed-based ) and -Those working to meet the greatest need and serve those least likely to apply
Georgia-based, mission-driven, not-for profit developers meet these requirements. As such, Georgia ACT strongly encourages a set-aside, or enhanced scoring, for projects that have not-for-profit developers or majority not-for- profit development partners. To support this intentional focus, DCA’s formulation of the application process and requirements must ensure that burdensome amounts of upfront fees and capital and levels of capacity/experience do not restrict the ability of not-for-profits to apply for funding and compete against for-profit applicants.
Fair Market Rents
2. Housing programs or innovations suitable for modeling or adapting to Georgia, especially those that meet the specific needs of rural Georgia and demonstrate how to coordinate affordable housing and economic development, so as to improve the local tax base.
3. Strategies for addressing barriers to development of affordable housing, such as inclusionary zoning and lack of infrastructure (particularly in rural areas).
4. The General Assembly could facilitate donation of improved or unimproved land to nonprofit corporations by enacting legislation to allow public entities to grant title of land (including that legally seized for non-payment of liens, surplus property, condemned real property, and real property taken by eminent domain, but unused) to qualifying organizations for development of affordable housing.