Mission

The mission of the Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for low to moderate income residents of Clayton County.  Inherent in this mission is the Authority’s vision “to make a difference in the community, one family at a time.” 

History

The Clayton County Board of Commissioners created the HACC in 1982

Since its founding, the Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) has helped provide and maintain safe and decent housing for low to moderate income citizens of Clayton County. Whenever there is a need for housing rehabilitation or a quality multifamily housing development in need of financing, the HACC has been there to assist and lead.

n 1982, the Board of Commissioners of Clayton County created the HACC to act as a conduit of federal, state, and local funding devices, providing tax exempt financing for developers to build affordable, multi-family housing units. The approximately 275,000 Clayton County residents continue to benefit from this quality housing stock that is maintained at the highest standards economically possible.

The breadth of the HACC’s work has changed over the years, but the vision has remained the same – to make a difference in the community, one family at a time. Through the administration of federal programs and partnering with like-minded organizations, the evolving role of the Authority should benefit the community for years to come – evident in the number of families assisted to date and the need for continued service in rehabilitation of an aging housing stock.

The early years – a financial conduit for multi-family housing development

On May 4, 1982, the Clayton County Board of Commissioners created the Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) to help stimulate the economic growth of the community. Clayton County Government established the HACC primarily to act as a “conduit” financing vehicle to provide tax exempt financing to private developers for multifamily housing developments designed to deliver quality, affordable rental housing to the County’s citizens. For the first 10 years or so of existence, the Authority operated in this fairly narrow band of activity. The Authority received no federal, state or county funding and had no financial resources other than the limited amount of revenue it received from fees on bond issues. As a point of reference for the limited income obtained from developers paying bond issues fees, in 2009, the bond fee income from 11 projects was budgeted at $166,000 for the year.

The HACC does not administer rental subsidy programs like other housing authorities. In the 1970’s, the City of Jonesboro Housing Authority was created to provide housing subsidy to citizens living within the city limits of Jonesboro. This agency oversees approximately 32 public housing units and administers a Section 8 rental assistance program. Because there was no “County” housing authority at that time, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) gave the Jonesboro Housing Authority permission to administer the Clayton County Section 8 appropriation, in addition to the City of Jonesboro’s allocation. The Clayton County Board of Commissioners approved this administrative delineation as well, which remains in effect today.

Expanding through participation in federal housing program administration

Upon the time of its founding until June of 1994 when its administrative office was opened, the HACC was a paper authority with a Board of Commissioners that usually met quarterly. Because the Jonesboro Housing Authority administered the Section 8 program, the HACC leadership looked at other ways to meet the housing needs of the citizens of Clayton County. The state of Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) had a program for the rehabilitation of homes (the HOME Program), with federal funding appropriated to the state and local levels. At this time, the state DCA’s jurisdiction included Clayton County, since the county had yet to be qualified as an entitlement community. The HACC made an initial application to administer HOME Program funds for substantial rehabilitation efforts, and the Authority was granted $200,000 to administer the HOME Program initially. This was the beginning of the Authority’s transformation into the role of local administrator for federally funded rehabilitation programs.

Ownership and opportunity for expanded oversight of quality housing

In late 1995, the Authority, acting through a non-profit subsidiary corporation, purchased the Advantage of Atlanta Apartments, an RTC affordable housing property. The Advantages (later renamed Premier Garden Apartments) is a 432-unit project located on Garden Walk Boulevard in College Park, which is managed by a third-party property management firm – JMA Properties. A few of the amenities of the complex include 12 swimming pools, a fitness room and club house, a fire place in each individual unit, with each unit wired for an alarm system with a panic button in the bedroom. Recently, the occupancy rate has been as high as 94%. Per the requirements by the HACC that the project provide affordable housing for the community, 25% of the Premier Garden units are rented to families that fall below 80% of the Metropolitan Atlanta Area Median Income (AMI), and 25% are rented to families that fall below 50% of the AMI. The purchase price for The Advantages/Premier Garden was approximately $6.5 million dollars.

In 1997, the HACC purchased the property to locate its headquarters at 732 Main Street in Forest Park, Georgia. The Authority renovated the house next door (currently the administrative office) that was originally built in 1903. The Housing Authority also owned an office building off of Tara Boulevard at that time; but in 1999, under the direction of HACC Executive Director Linda Valentine, the Authority was able to find a buyer for that building, and in turn use the proceeds from the sale to construct the conference center the Authority has today – next door to its administrative headquarters building – to provide a suitable meeting place.

In 2012, the Authority, created another non-profit subsidiary and purchased the Pointe South Apartments located in Jonesboro. This 161 unit complex, consisting of all three bedroom units had been foreclosed upon by HUD.  By purchasing the property, the Authority not only helped to prevent blight and downward pressure on surrounding property values, it also provided an opportunity to serve larger families than Premiere Gardens which only contained one and two bedroom units.   With its larger units, Pointe South Apartments serves as home to many of the families currently involved in the Student Housing Initiative Program administered by the Authority.         


Growing into Independence as a local administrator of federal housing programs

In 1998, the HACC was approached by the Clayton County Director of Economic Development to administer the federal HOME and CDBG Programs. At that time, the County was part of the Georgian Urban Counties Consortium that included Fulton, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties, as well as a few other metro Atlanta cities. Clayton County and its Housing Authority were part of this Consortium until 2000. At this time, Fulton County chose to withdraw from the consortium and stand alone. Therefore, Clayton County was no longer contiguous with the other consortium members, so the HACC could not continue its participation.

In order for the County to stand alone as Fulton County did, it had to meet a threshold designed by a HUD formula. That threshold was $30,000 short at the time the County sought this independent administrative positioning, so in good faith, the Housing Authority contributed the $30,000 to the County in order that it – through the HACC – could continue administering the CDBG and HOME Programs for the benefit of local residents in need. The HACC then served as the local administrator of the CDBG funds through 2007.

Further diversification of the HACC housing program portfolio

Other programs created and administered by the HACC include the Alternative Housing Funding Program  the Housing Urgency Grants (HUG) Program and the Student Housing Iniative Program (SHIP) operated in conjunction with the Clayton County School System.  For the last several years, the HACC also has received  funds for its County Funded Rehab Program.

What We Do

The Authority was created by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners initially to act as a financial “conduit” providing tax exempt financing for developers seeking to construct or rehabilitate multifamily housing developments. Projects financed through the HACC are intended to provide quality, affordable housing for Clayton County citizens.

In addition, the HACC has been a leading provider and/or facilitator of housing redevelopment and rehabilitation in Clayton County, with experience in the administration of federal and local programs that are designed to address potential urban blight, neighborhood deterioration, substandard housing construction, all while enhancing the overall quality of life and economic development in Clayton County and the metro Atlanta region.

More specifically, the “programs” of the HACC have included those whereby the Authority’s role is as a local administrator for federally funded housing programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), namely the Department’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Programs. These programs provide federal dollars for the rehabilitation of distressed local residences needing emergency repairs, retrofitting to accommodate seniors and citizens with disabilities, and rehab to raise the quality of home construction so that all residences are within code and able to maintain current and projected property values. Note: the HACC is not currently administering any federally funded housing rehabilitation programs.

In addition, HACC programs include locally funded rehabilitation of multi-family and single-family residences, with program income provided by Authority revenues garnered from bond fees paid by developers and income from Premier Garden Apartment Homes in College Park, which is owned and operated by the HACC through its Facilities Holding Company. The Authority’s primary home rehab efforts are facilitated through Housing Urgency Grants (HUG), which provide grants to local, qualified homeowners to rehabilitate their residences when they are in need of emergency repairs, are not up to code, and/or may threaten the health and welfare of inhabitants.

Unlike similar organizations, the HACC does not administer public housing or Section 8 housing vouchers. The administrator of public housing & Section 8 vouchers in Clayton County is the Jonesboro Housing Authority. That office can be reached at 770-478-7282.

Who We Are

The Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) is an independent, autonomous agency created by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners (BOC) under Georgia Law  to stimulate the economic growth in Clayton County, Georgia (USA), by providing quality, safe and affordable housing for its residents.

The HACC is governed by its own five-member Board of Commissioners, appointed to five-year terms by the Clayton County Commission, to determine the policies and programs in accordance with the bylaws of this autonomous agency.

The current Authority Board consists of:
Curtis Green, Chairman; Dr. Tonya Clark, Vice Chairman; Michael Bryant, Treasurer; Karen Linnearl, Member; and James Fambrough, Member.

The HACC is operated day-to-day by a staff of professionals and their contractors, with leadership provided by Wade Starr, Executive Director, and Rashonda Douglas, Rehabilitation Programs Coordinator and Deborah Lyles, Administrative Secretary..

The Executive Director is responsible for the daily operations and administration of the Authority, as well as handling personnel and other matters as needed. The Rehabilitation Programs Coordinator handles the administration of any federally funded programs, such as those of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as those programs funded locally by the Authority. The Housing Authority works with  local contractors, who are qualified to provide lowest cost construction management and general contracting services for all of its rehabilitation programs.

Economic and Quality Of Life Impact 

The Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) has a direct and indirect impact – in a number of ways – on the economic development and quality of life in Clayton County.

The Housing Authority of Clayton County (HACC) has a direct and indirect impact – in a number of ways – on the economic development and quality of life in Clayton County. By serving as a financial conduit to provide tax exempt financing for developers, the Authority helped to facilitate the construction and redevelopment of quality, affordable housing for residents of Clayton County.

In addition, through the successful ownership and operation of its Premier Garden Apartment Homes and Pointe South Apartments, the Authority is afforded revenues to invest in a number of  programs for local families. Furthermore, the Authority has a history of successfully administering federal home rehabilitation programs, bringing tax dollars back to Clayton County where they are reinvesting in upgrading the community’s current housing stock.

Indirectly, by serving as one of the leading agencies for home rehabilitation and neighborhood redevelopment in Clayton County, the Housing Authority helps prevent neighborhood blight and falling property values for the benefit of local residents and property owners.

Upcoming Events

22 Aug 2017
05:30PM -
FHC Board Meeting
22 Aug 2017
05:45PM -
HACC Board Meeting
26 Sep 2017
05:30PM -
FHC Board Meeting
26 Sep 2017
05:45PM -
HACC Board Meeting
24 Oct 2017
05:30PM -
FHC Board Meeting
24 Oct 2017
05:45PM -
HACC Board Meeting

Contact Us

732 Main St.
Forest Park, GA 30297
USA

Phone: (404) 362-1200
Fax: (404) 362-0635
info@haccga.com

Services

Program assistance to Developers and Homeowners for the beautification and development of Clayton County.