Launched in 2004, The Initiative grew out of Georgia’s experience with the National League of Cities’ Affordable Housing Program and the success stories that were celebrated at the annual Magnolia Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. Since 2005, sixty-six communities have directly benefitted from the program.

Currently Participating Communities

Freshmen Sophomores Juniors
A report of recent accomplishments is included for each community.
Byron Bartow County Athens-Clarke County
Cochran Commerce Evans County
McRae-Helena Dublin Millen
Norcross Fairburn Monroe

Troup County/Hogansville/LaGrange/West Point

Union City Rockmart
Warrenton

Alumni

  • Albany
  • Americus/Sumter County
  • Auburn
  • Brunswick
  • Calhoun
  • Camden County
  • Cartersville
  • Cedartown
  • Colquitt
  • Cordele
  • Covington
  • Dalton
  • Douglas
  • Douglasville
  • Eatonton
  • Fort Valley
  • Gainesville
  • Garden City
  • Greensboro
  • Gray/Jones County
  • Griffin
  • Hall County
  • Harlem
  • Hawkinsville
  • Liberty County
  • Lithonia
  • Madison
  • Metter
  • Milledgeville
  • Moultrie
  • Nashville
  • Newnan
  • Pembroke
  • Perry
  • Pine Mountain
  • Porterdale
  • Rincon
  • Rome
  • Roswell
  • Sandersville/Tennille
  • Sylvester
  • Thomasville
  • Thomson/McDuffie County
  • Tifton
  • Toccoa
  • Trion
  • Valdosta
  • Vienna
  • Wadley
  • Warner Robins
  • Washington
  • Waycross
  • Waynesboro
  • Winder

Partners
 

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Founding Sponsor
 


 

The Archway PartnershipCarl Vinson Institute of Government, and UGA Extension provide in-kind support, and the program is partially funded by a USDA Rural Development RCDI grant.