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      Albany picked for state housing initiative

      Albany, Douglasville, Perry, Porterdale, and Rincon have been picked as part of the three-year Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program. / File

      Five Georgia cities are about to get a helping hand with housing needs courtesy of the state, Georgia Power and other entities.

      Albany, Douglasville, Perry, Porterdale, and Rincon have been picked as part of the three-year Georgia Initiative for Community Housing program.

      The program is a collaboration of the Housing and Demographics Research Center and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, and the Georgia Municipal Association with funding from Georgia Power. Additional in-kind services are provided by the University of Georgia's Archway Partnership and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

      The five communities selected will attend their first workshop at a retreat in February 2014.

      Each year, at least five communities are selected to participate in the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing. During the three-year program, each community housing team receives facilitation, instruction, and technical assistance as they design and implement a housing program to improve both the quality of life of its citizens and the communities' economic conditions. The centerpiece of the GICH Program is a series of retreats, where each housing team will work separately with a facilitator/housing professional, as well as engage in cross-community sharing and collaboration. Each community receives continuous feedback throughout the three-year program by working closely with their own program facilitator or housing professional.
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