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AHA Firsts:

Techwood Homes was the first public housing project in the nation, completed on August 15, 1936 at a cost of approximately $3 million. President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled to Atlanta to dedicate Techwood Homes saying: “Within sight of us today, stands a tribute to useful work under government supervision – the first slum clearance and low-rent housing project.”

In 1996, AHA, along with its private-sector development partners, opened Centennial Place, the nation’s first master-planned, mixed-income community with public housing as a component – on the footprint of what had been Techwood and Clark Howell Homes.

AHA was the first public housing authority in the nation to completely privatize management of its properties, in order to concentrate its resources on community revitalization.

In 2002, AHA was the first public housing authority in the country to give its customers a choice about where they live. Through its Community Leasing initiative, AHA allows its customers to apply directly to the communities in which they wish to live rather than a central office.

Quick Facts:

  • AHA was established as a non-profit, non-political corporation in 1938.
  • Today, AHA provides affordable housing for approximately 50,000 Atlantans.
  • AHA's real estate portfolio includes 43 properties, valued in excess of $400 million.
  • AHA's innovative approach to affordable residential development has been recognized by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others.
  • AHA CEO Renée Lewis Glover has been named an Outstanding Woman in Government by the Ford Foundation and Good Housekeeping magazine.
  • AHA operates from a "whole community" philosophy. AHA manages its portfolio based on the assumption that healthy communities need quality affordable housing, but also good schools, wholesome recreation and convenient access to transportation.
  • By revitalizing some of Atlanta's most distressed communities, AHA has catalyzed over $1.5 billion in new investment in less than a decade.
  • AHA's mixed-income approach to affordable housing development, which replaces traditional public housing properties with amenity-rich, market- quality communities where people from all socio-economic levels live side-by-side, is considered a national model for redevelopment. The AHA model, described as the "holy grail" of revitalization by the Chicago Sun- Times is being used in cities across the country, from Seattle to Denver to Baltimore.
  • AHA has razed thousands of apartments since revitalization initiatives began in 1995. Nevertheless, AHA serves more families today than ever before. AHA has returned more hard units to occupancy in conventional public housing properties; partnered with private developers to build new mixed-income communities in which public-housing eligible families live; and offered more families the choice to move when and where they want through the Housing Choice voucher program.
  • All residents at an AHA community selected for revitalization are offered relocation housing - either an apartment at another AHA community or a Housing Choice voucher which allows them to secure housing in the private market.
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