Who We Are

Georgia Advancing Communities Together is a statewide membership organization which represents the state’s nonprofit housing and community development organizations.

Our Mission

To build and support a statewide network of thriving member organizations and trained professionals engaged in housing and community development serving families with limited housing choices.

Our Vision

To be a strong and effective network that creates and sustains vibrant neighborhoods.

What Makes Us Successful

❖ Passage of Georgia House Bill 346: Healthy Housing, effective July 1, 2019
❖ 6 Atlanta-based nonprofit Georgia ACT member Developers have under construction 2,003 single-family and multifamily units with a total development cost exceeding $386,000,000
❖ 190 People trained in advocacy and engagement
❖ 37 homeowners trained in Estate Planning and Will Preparation
❖ 55 new local elected officials and residents trained on federal and state housing policy and blight removal
❖ 148 residents completed HUD-approved home buyer education workshop and financial literacy
❖ 60 residents attended the Fair Housing Workshop on the training for Federal Fair Housing Laws and how to recognize discrimination
❖ 11 new homeowners in the State of Georgia
❖ A record 157 attendees for the 2019 Annual Fall Affordable Housing Conference
❖ Outreach to numerous urban, suburban, and rural communities including Atlanta, Jonesboro, South Fulton, Decatur, Rome, Augusta, Columbus, Fort Valley, Albany, Thomasville, Cordele, Vienna, Midway, Savannah, and more!!

Who We Work With

The Incredible

What We Do

Advocate

Advocate for a more favorable policy environment for the nonprofit housing industry

Represent

Represent the nonprofit housing and community development industry to state and federal government (both executive and legislative branches), stakeholders, and other organizations targeting a similar population

Resources

Seek greater resources to support the nonprofit industry

Network

Provide a forum where nonprofit organizations can network, exchange information through peer learning, and recognize member contributions

Communication Tools

Provide communications tools to inform members of upcoming activities and promote nonprofit housing and community development issues

Informational Resources

Act as an informational resource for the general public on the activities of the nonprofit housing and community development industry

Research

Commission research regarding the affordable housing and community development industry

Guiding Principles

The members of Georgia Advancing Communities Together (GA ACT) set forth the following principles to guide responsible housing and community development.

01 

There is a continuum of housing needs (homeownership, rental, transitional, and homeless) and that development of affordable housing and underserved neighborhoods should be an integral aspect of Georgia’s response to regional and environmental challenges.

02 

Equal access to housing and communities of choice, including physical access, remains an issue, we therefore support policies that remedy past and present discriminatory practices and promote visitability for housing newly constructed or rehabilitated.

03 

Cooperation and coordination of public, private and non-profit sectors are necessary to ensure the development and preservation of affordable housing and healthy communities as well as financial inclusion for all families.

04 

State and local governments have a responsibility to provide policies, practices and financing that address the housing and community development needs of all of their citizens.

05

The role of community-based organizations (CBOs) is critical to affordable housing and community development.

06

The development and redevelopment of mixed-income neighborhoods is essential to creating sustainable communities that benefit all residents.

07

The effective implementation of new and existing financing mechanisms will enable and expand community development and the production of affordable housing, closing the “affordability gap” for all Georgia families.

08

Appropriate housing and financial counseling for low- and moderate- income individuals and communities hold the key to achieving self-sufficiency.