The Brookhaven City Council agreed during July 12 work session to form a 12-member task force to look at affordable housing in the city.

City Council members will be presenting a list of potential members to city staff at a later date. The task force, suggested by Councilmember Linley Jones, is in response to a letter signed by members of many local churches asking the council to put the issue on their agendas.

“I want to be sure the task force looks at affordable housing throughout Brookhaven. While it is most acute on Buford Highway … we have residents in Lynwood Park and older neighborhoods who are having a hard time holding onto homes,” Jones said.

Those serving on the task force should also include developers, Mayor John Ernst said.

Councilmember Joe Gebbia noted there are resources available on affordable housing and that he is interested in assessing impact fees on developers to assist with workforce housing. He is also interested creating a workforce housing fund.

Councilmember Bates Mattison wanted to make sure members from the Latin American Association and the Center for Pan Asian Community Services had input on the task force.

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.