Renter's State of Emergency Hearing
Join us July 19th at 6:30pm at Atlanta City Hall in the Council Chambers for a hearing on Atlanta’s Renter Crisis. The hearing will be presided by a number of law makers including Senator Vincent Fort, Representative Park Canon, Councilman Andre Dickens, Councilwoman Felicia Moore, and others.
We need to fill the space with folks that are willing to provided personal testimony about the struggle to find and maintain affordable housing in Atlanta. Whether you have experienced eviction and displacement, difficulty finding an affordable home, or simply paying to much of your income on housing, the city needs your voice!
Atlanta is in a renter’s state of emergency. How many of us have engaged in or overheard conversations with folks in our city about the rising rents and rapidly changing face of our city? Development doesn’t have to be a bad word but what we are seeing in Atlanta right now is the kind of development and wealth extraction that will leave Atlanta totally unaffordable for low and moderate income people.
In just a few short years the Old Fourth Ward, home of Dr. King, went from affordable to one of the most expensive places to find new housing in the city, we simply can’t afford this kind of status quo development that leaves renters and low income people behind.
Some of the report’s findings include:
*Since 2012 Atlanta has lost 5% of its affordable housing every year
*95% of Apartments built since 2012 have been considered luxury
* 72% of Atlanta neighborhoods are considered gentrified or gentrifying
* More than 53% of all renters in the city pay more than 30% of their income on housing, yet many landlords require proof that tenant income exceeds 3x rent
We need a movement to build a city that works for everyone, and the release of this report will be the launch of a campaign to push the City and County to begin reigning in unchecked development. The campaign will also focus on renter’s rights, as Atlanta is several decades behind other cities of its size. We hope we can count on you to be there!
55 Trinity Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
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