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