Advocating for Safe, Healthy, and Stable Housing
In early 2022, Executive Director Michael Waller was invited to testify at a US Senate committee hearing on the role of institutional landlords on the housing market, and in particular, on their impact on low-income families. See the full Senate testimony here.
Georgia Healthy Housing Project
Georgia Appleseed’s Healthy Housing Project increases access for low-income children and their families to safe, healthy rental housing. Substandard housing conditions lead to increased childhood illness, more home and school moves, and behavior and learning challenges that set children back and increase their risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system.
Our program engages with tenants directly, convenes a statewide Healthy Housing Coalition, advocates for legislative action to protect low-income tenants, and supports collaborative social innovation labs that develop and implement local solutions.
Check out Georgia Appleseed's pragmatic Housing Policy Recommendations and Priorities, developed through conversations with community members and members of the Georgia Healthy Housing Coalition.
If you are interested in learning more or joining our Healthy Housing Coalition, please fill out our Healthy Housing Project interest form.
Tools and Resources for Families
Use our Healthy Housing Advocacy Toolkit to fight for healthier, more stable rental housing for families and children in your neighborhoods, towns, and counties across Georgia.
A free Rental Housing Basics guide offers information on rental assistance, eviction proceedings, and conditions issues rights. It’s a joint project by our partners Atlanta Legal Aid and Georgia Legal Services Program, and all information is accessible in both English and Spanish.
Responding to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an economic crisis putting many Georgians out of work. We have responded by advocating for a temporary halt to evictions and foreclosures to ensure stable housing for children and families and to protect public health. More than 135 partners joined us in a letter to Governor Kemp asking him to stop all evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 crisis. We also helped coordinate research for this May 2020 report, Courts in Crisis: Exploring the Impact of COVID-19 on Eviction Court in Georgia, which looks at how eviction cases are being handled across the state of Georgia during the COVID-19 crisis.
Clayton County Homeless Intervention Program (HIP)
Georgia Appleseed is a founding member of the Clayton County Homeless Intervention Program (HIP). This collaborative social innovation lab develops and implements effective interventions to end homelessness and unhealthy housing conditions for low-income children and their families. HIP’s unique design facilitates a local-focused group of leaders and stakeholders—including those from schools, courts, and government—to identify barriers to healthy, affordable housing and innovate community-specific solutions. HIP creates a model for localized reform by engaging the courts, schools, nonprofits, service providers, and policing and housing code enforcement.
Communities can apply our social innovation lab model to a wide range of social problems. Check out our Social Innovation Lab Best Practices to learn more.
Georgia Healthy Housing Coalition
Georgia Healthy Housing Coalition’s (GHHC) more than 50 organizational members lead Georgia toward healthier housing for its children. GHHC and its working groups coordinate legislative advocacy, develop and coordinate responses to COVID-19's impacts on housing, implement strategies to grow the coalition’s diversity and effectiveness, and performed important research. For example, in 2019, the Georgia Healthy Housing coalition led the charge on HB 346, a bill that proposed to ban retaliatory evictions. In May 2019, the governor signed the historic bill, making it illegal for landlords to evict tenants in retaliation for requesting needed repairs.
If you have questions about the new law or the coalition, please contact Caren Cloud at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Georgia Healthy Housing Coalition Members*
AARP - Georgia
American Academy of Pediatrics, Georgia Chapter
American Friends Service Committee
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
Big Bethel AME
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Enterprise Community Partners
Georgia AIDS Coalition
Georgia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Georgia Municipal Association
Georgia Stand Up
Georgians for a Healthy Future
Housing Justice League
Interfaith Children's Movement
Junior League of Atlanta
Literacy for All
Los Vecinos de Buford Highway
Mental Health America of Georgia
Presbyterians for a Better Georgia
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
United Way of Greater Atlanta
Voices for Georgia's Children
*As of October 2021