Mission & Goals


The Department of Human and Economic Development (HED) strives to improve and develop viable neighborhoods by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunity for low- to moderate-income individuals.


The goals of the HED are to:
  • Provide accurate information, comprehensive research, and timely advice to the public, management, and staff in support of housing, economic development, and community development designed to foster positive community outcomes
  • Increase affordable housing activity and production in Athens-Clarke County through an ongoing and continuously updated strategic planning process that will result in greater funding opportunities, better community awareness of all housing programs / services available and stronger public / private partnerships
  • Help low- to moderate-income residents and the chronically unemployed overcome barriers to full-time regular employment
  • Encourage the growth and establishment of the local small- to medium-sized businesses in order to encourage job creation
  • Improve the public health and welfare of Athens-Clarke County residents
  • Reduce homelessness in Athens-Clarke County

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