From its pre-Olympic efforts to address the diminishing supply of affordable housing in Atlanta neighborhoods to its work in promoting the concepts of mixed income and mixed use communities, ANDP has always found it necessary to play an advocacy role. And today’s housing environment is no different. Since the onset of the foreclosure crisis, ANDP’s advocacy efforts have focused on keeping Metro Atlanta families in their homes and addressing the devastating impact of mass vacancies and neighborhood deterioration.
Our work in the early days of the crisis focused on two areas:
- 2008: With the support of many individuals and organizations, we led the “Keep Atlantans In Their Homes” campaign to increase the Homestead Exemption rates in Atlanta and Fulton County. The measure was overwhelmingly approved by voters and increased the rate from $15,000 to $30,000 over three years.
- 2008-2010: With an eye toward fairness in property tax assessments in high foreclosure neighborhoods, we engaged the real estate research firm Robert Charles Lesser & Company (RCLCO) to examine sales prices and property tax assessments in 15 hard hit zip codes in the five core counties of Metro Atlanta. Our work ultimately led to legislation that required Georgia tax assessors to include foreclosure impacts when setting values. Copies of this research and a summary report explaining the financial impact of ANDP’s work is available to the right.
When it became clear that the foreclosure crisis would require a significant, coordinated regional response, ANDP convened a gathering of nine regional and national organizations to discuss a model for collaboration and action. This leadership team included: Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, the Atlanta Regional Commission, CredAbility, Enterprise Community Partners, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, The Home Depot Foundation, and the National Housing Conference and NeighborWorks America.
What was was ultimately formed was Piece by Piece – A Regional Foreclosure Initiative a bold, coordinated effort designed to spur strategic action from the many regional stakeholders who care passionately about protecting the long-term future of our neighborhoods and communities. Visit the Piece by Piece initiative page.