• 93 communities have benefitted from the GICH Program.

    Launched in 2004, GICH grew out of Georgia’s experience with the National League of Cities’ Affordable Housing Program and the Magnolia Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. This unique program is made possible by the hardworking collaboration of partners and in-kind supporters.

Our Partners 


2023 Fall Retreat Sponsors



Georgia Power is our founding sponsor. The Carl Vinson Institute of Government and UGA Extension provide in-kind support, and the program is partially funded by a USDA Rural Development RCDI grant. 

Currently Participating Communities

Freshmen Sophomore Junior 
Augusta Chamblee

Baldwin County

Cornelia Canton Chattooga County
Ringgold, Fort Oglethorpe, & Catoosa County Gwinnett County Ellijay, East Ellijay, & Gilmer County
St. Marys Montezuma Hiawassee, Young Harris, & Towns County
Thomaston Villa Rica
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