Housing & Community Development
February 6, 2019
On the morning of Thursday, January 24th, 18 volunteers conducted the annual Point in Time (PIT) Count of homeless individuals in Athens-Clarke County. The PIT Count consists of surveys of both sheltered and unsheltered homeless households. The PIT Count was conducted in partnership between Athens-Clarke County’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) department and the Athens-Clarke County Homeless Coalition.
Volunteers included Athens-Clarke County Unified Government staff (Housing and Community Development (HCD) department, the Geographic Information Services (GIS) Office, and the Manager’s Office) as well as members of the Athens-Clarke County Homeless Coalition.
The Point in Time Count is a requirement for communities receiving homeless services funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Athens-Clarke County’s Housing and Community Development department administers HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) homeless assistance grant; CoC funds are used to fund permanent housing programs for homeless individuals and families. Individuals who are looking to get involved with the Athens-Clarke County Homeless Coalition can attend the next meeting Thursday, March 7th at 10:30am at the ACC-Library.
January 21, 2019
Hands on Athens (an initiative of the Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation), currently receives CDBG funds to complete minor to moderate rehabilitation projects for low-to-moderate income Athens-Clarke County homeowners. During Athens-Clarke County’s MLK Day of Service, Hands on Athens, assisted four low income homeowners with much needed rehabilitation services to their homes. JOMA Construction, Commissioner Melissa Link, thirty citizen volunteers, and the Hands On Athens/Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation staff came together to provide this valued service while also honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.