Affordable Housing

About the Division

The primary mission of the Athens-Clarke County Consolidated Plan for Housing is to foster and maintain affordable housing in the community. The county has pursued several means of achieving this goal.

Athens-Clarke County Community Affordable Housing Guidelines 

The following guidelines are laid out in the FY 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan:

  • Facilitate dispersal of affordable rental and homeownership units throughout the community to prevent creating concentrated areas of poverty
  • Encourage affordable rental and homeownership development within close proximity to Athens-Clarke County major employers, existing local support services including medical, and transit access
  • Encourage the development of mixed-income and mixed-use neighborhoods through all available means
  • Encourage large employers to help increase homeownership by providing funds to match with HOME dollars for down payment assistance for their employees
  • Encourage redevelopment of existing apartment complexes into affordable rentals
  • Encourage housing providers to acquire and/or rehab existing apartment complexes or suitable commercial buildings for individual or congregant living
  • Provide Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) with HOME funds through contracts with homeless housing providers
  • Encourage the use of green techniques that include energy-efficient and environmentally friendly designs, construction and maintenance, and conservation measures in the development of HOME-assisted housing