Ted's Vision for DeKalb Super 6
Housing is at the heart of success
and stability for us all.
Whether we are talking about racial disparities, family wealth, health outcomes, school performance or policing, housing is at the nexus of it all. Put in clear terms — housing is everything. Please sign on to our Housing Strategy for All of DeKalb, and share with your friends. Help us build thousands of supporters behind taking action on the affordable housing crisis in our country, right now. Ensure that housing is a universal human right, and we will fight to see it secured.
Here are the highlights of my proposal for Super 6:
- Establish an Affordable Housing Trust to help with down payment assistance, rent payments or critical home renovations or energy efficiency retrofits.
- Legalize tiny homes and cottage court neighborhood developments to support more housing options, addressing the “missing middle” problem.
- Preserve neighborhoods by establishing anti-displacement funds to help eligible low-income families stay in their homes.
- Utilize DeKalb Land Bank to regenerate blighted properties into land trust owned housing developments to preserve affordable housing for the long term.
- Establish floating zones for Green Neighborhood and Housing developments. Ensure that new construction is energy efficient and solar and EV ready.
- We created an affordable housing trust fund — a tool for cities, counties or state governments to receive dedicated funding to support the preservation of the production of affordable housing. Housing trust funds can also be used to help with down payment assistance, rent payments, or for funding critical home renovations or energy efficiency retrofit improvements.
- Secured a grant in partnership with the Kendeda Fund and Friends of Refugees, for nearly $250,000 in weatherization training and implementation funding for approx 50 homes. This grant will prioritize seniors with high energy burdened households.
- We’ve led on innovative housing developments, passing the first of its kind cottage home development ordinance. This policy led the way for the first tiny home neighborhood development in Georgia. This is a “tiny” way to begin addressing the missing middle of homeownership options.
- Expanded access opportunities for accessory dwelling units (ADUs), affectionately known as “granny flats” as a solution for aging parents to be closer to family and loved ones.
- We coordinated with the housing authority and Department of Community Affairs to begin the construction of an affordable senior housing project next to a future early learning training and care center. This represents an intergenerational community approach to “aging in place” developments.
- We have participated closely in the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Housing Task Force. The strategies and policies I will advocate for on the County Commission emanate from the work being done at the regional level to address a metro-wide housing crisis through a comprehensive, regional approach.