District 9 Atlanta City Councilmember Dustin Hillis is on a mission to eliminate blight in his district and throughout the city. Since taking office Jan. 2, Hillis and his staff have submitted over 150 code enforcement issues to the city via smartphone. The councilmember is encouraging residents to use the SeeClickFix smartphone app to submit similar code violations to the city. The app syncs with ATL 311 and sends a notification anytime a new code enforcement violation comes in. The city is currently developing its own app for the same purpose. Turning in code enforcement violations is only a part of the battle for Hillis, who wants to see these properties cleaned up and be rebuilt with affordable housing.
A new initiative has been unveiled to strengthen affordable housing opportunities in the City of Atlanta to help low income residents avoid displacement. The initiative includes three unique Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab (OOR) programs – which provide forgivable loans to residents to make critical health and safety repairs on their homes. The program is being implemented by Invest Atlanta with support from the Atlanta Housing Authority and Choice Atlanta. The initiative is geared toward seniors, veterans, disabled heads of households, and families who have lived in their homes for at least five years, with a special focus on Westside neighborhoods like Vine City, English Avenue and portions of Castleberry Hill as well as Ashview Heights and the Atlanta University Center area. Information about the Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab programs can be found at www.investatlanta.com/owneroccupiedrehab.