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Current Year Forums - September 2018

How HouseATL Aims to Help Shape Atlanta's Housing Future 

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
435 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Wednesday, September 6, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.


Forum Overview



From the diminishing supply of affordable units, to funding mechanisms for development and preservation, to issues of gentrification and displacement - housing affordability continues to be a central issue to achieving equity in metro Atlanta. At our last housing forum, we learned about taskforce efforts throughout the region - with a specific focus on Brookhaven, Lithonia, and Smyrna. At our next forum, we will discuss the work of HouseATL - a new, coordinated effort underway to identify and measure barriers to affordability and craft recommendations to address the city’s housing issues.


HouseATL is a housing taskforce that began in January 2018. The group has committed to using a cross-sector, collaborative process to lay the groundwork for solutions - as well as serve as a replicable model in the region and beyond.


Since its launch in January 2018, HouseATL has: developed a clear consensus on the specific problems they aim to solve; defined the dimensions of the city’s housing affordability problems; and conducted an audit of all recommendations and platforms that are specifically focused on Atlanta to identify common themes and leverage existing work.


After their initial groundwork, five working groups were formed: community retention, existing affordable housing preservation, housing for those earning less than 50 percent of area median income, public resources for production, and new private investment.


A central theme in the work of HouseATL is that of shared responsibility - from private and public sectors, as well as nonprofit and philanthropic communities. The taskforce engages 100 entities and is staffed by ULI Atlanta with support from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Center for Civic Innovation, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Central Atlanta Progress.


Throughout the summer, the taskforce and its working groups have been crafting recommendations with a specific eye toward: what a shared investment strategy could look like and how a housing strategy can best coordinate with transportation investments. HouseATL will unveil their list of recommendations and seek feedback at our September Housing Forum.


How does this taskforce differ from other efforts? How does a “collective impact” process make for better results? How will their recommendations be received? Can this approach help achieve greater equitable growth in the City? What can we learn in this process that might help other cities address their challenges?


Welcome & Context 

Bill Bolling, Moderator and Housing Forum founder

HouseATL Overview

Frank Fernandez

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation


Draft Recommendations from HouseATL

Sarah Kirsch

ULI Atlanta

Panel Conversation

Frank Fernandez, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Sarah Kirsch, ULI Atlanta

A.J. Robinson, Central Atlanta Progress

Tayani Suma, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership


Join us for this important conversation on Wednesday, September 5 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 435 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30308.


Forum Downloads 

Forum Overview

Forum Program

HouseATL Presentation

DRAFT  HouseATL Initial Recommendations to Advance Affordable Housing and Community Retention.

(Please note this is a DRAFT working document. A final version will be posted when it's complete.)


In the News

A potential plan for the mayor's $1 billion affordable housing promise | Saporta Report

Task force: City of Atlanta should invest in $1 billion in affordable housing  |  Atlanta Business Chronicle



Bill Bolling, Food Well Alliance and Founder of the Atlanta Housing Forum

Overview of HouseATL Taskforce

Frank Fernandez
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation


Draft Recommendations fro HouseATL
Sarah Kirsch
ULI Atlanta

Panel Conversation with HouseATL

Executive Committee Members


Frank Fernandez

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Sarah Kirsch

ULI Atlanta


A.J. Robinson

Central Atlanta Progress


Tayani Suma

Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.


Bill Bolling


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