Last Meeting of 2017 for Community Housing Team of Smyrna

To keep the positive, forward movement in Smyrna, the Community Housing Team, met for the final time in 2017.
On December 12th, the meeting started with all members introducing themselves and their organization. We were joined by two invited special guest, Ms. Betty and Ms. Monica DeLancy.
To start the meeting, Maxwell Ruppersburg recapped the information from the community housing meeting on November 11th, which can be found at the website’s news post section.
Vital data from the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). This data includes a point-in-time count of the homeless population in Georgia and other States. Other data included an article about the “Missing Middle Housing market” and a cobb county resource guide.
With interest and passion the members learned and acknowledged issues with evictions like, how property management companies navigate income requirements, low-income housing, and how evictions are traumatic for children.
Generally, state laws are in favor of most rental landlords and usually proceed with evictions and can effect the family’s finances, credit scores and risk of homelessness.
Smyrna looks to move forward in developing attainable options for the Millennials, who want to move closer to Metro Atlanta but still be able to afford the cost of living. Duplexes, triplexes, and courtyard style homes utilizes shared space to fit greater density into one area will help the community with attaining pricing to be reduced and make purchasing a home for this demographic a possibility. This type of diversity of housing options is enabled by the allowance of these type of developments via zoning ordinances. The City and Community Development Department is planning to undergo a review and revision of many zoning ordinances that have not been revisited in some time. Many of these revisions were laid out in the Comprehensive Plan and so this process will be beginning in early 2018.
Some development firms, like Walton Homes and Perennial Properties have built quality homes that are affordable and create a social impact with subsidies and tax incentives. These homes do not place costs on the municipal government which also refrains from tax increases.
In the next meeting, Christopher Norman from the Fulton county/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority, will speak to the group about moving forward and operating a land bank; which will help implement solutions for the current housing issue.