Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab Programs

Helping existing residents with critical home repairs

Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab (OOR) is a new affordable housing initiative to help current lower-income City of Atlanta residents remain in their homes and avoid displacement. Heritage OOR includes three programs offering residents forgivable loans to make critical health and safety repairs on their homes.  Senior households aged 55+, military veterans, disabled head of households, and those that have been in their homes for 15+ years will have priority in the programs.

Helping Atlanta Residents Stay in Their Homes

Atlanta Heritage (As of 1Q19) 

Council District Homes in Progress Homes Complete
District 1 5 1
District 2 3 1
District 3 3 1
District 4 10 2
District 5 8 5
District 9 20 7
District 10 4 0
District 11 12 2
District 12 7 3

Choice Neighborhoods Heritage  (As of 1Q19) 

Council District Homes in Progress Homes Complete
District 4 7 0

Westside Heritage  (As of 1Q19) 

Council District Homes in Progress Homes Complete
District 3 16 7

Homeowner Testimonials

Jeanette Henderson (Resident of City of Atlanta District 2)

Mrs. Henderson is Atlanta native and has been a homeowner in the City of Atlanta for 65 years. As a recipient of a forgivable Heritage Owner Occupied Rehab loan, Henderson was able to afford critical health and safety repairs on her home.

“A lot of people don’t think about the seniors,” said Henderson. “I think the program is a nice thing for senior citizens because seniors don’t really have a lot of money to get these things done.”
 
Henderson bought her home because she was interested in being a homeowner instead of renting an apartment in Atlanta. With her loan, she is able to remove mold, install new planks, treat and repair termite damage, repair her hot water tank, upgrade pipes, and replace her stairs.
 
“Some seniors can afford to get some things done but they can’t afford to get everything done,” said Henderson. “This program was a great idea!”

Carolyn Jackson (Resident of City of Atlanta District 11)

In her 2019 State of the City speech, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recognized Carolyn Jackson as a great example of how the Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab program has helped keep longtime residents in their homes.

“Thanks to the Owner-Occupied Rehab Program, Mrs. Jackson will now be able to remain in the house she has called home for more than four decades,” said Mayor Bottoms. “She has not quit on Atlanta, and the City of Atlanta has not quit on her.”

Mrs. Jackson has lived in her southwest Atlanta home for more than four decades. She is the widow of a military veteran and worked at Grady Hospital for thirty as years as a Certified Nursing Assistance specializing in adolescent clinical care.

“I’m totally satisfied,” said Mrs. Jackson when asked about her experience with the program. “I’m just thankful I was picked to participate in the program.”

As a recipient of a forgivable Heritage Owner Occupied Rehab loan, she has been able to afford critical health and safety repairs on her home. She had plenty of necessary work done, including work on her roof, new gutters, and new paint on the exterior of her home.

Robert Fisher (Resident of City of Atlanta District 5)

The Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab (OOR) program has helped Mr. Robert Fisher stay in the East Atlanta home he has lived in for more than 45 years.

His daughter Jacqueline told him about Heritage OOR, and with the funds he received, program managers from the National Property Institute made important repairs to his home. These included upgrades to his heating and air conditioning systems, a new coat of paint on the house, and the trimming of trees on his property.

Asked if he’d recommend the program to his friends and neighbors, Mr. Fisher said, “Of course I would.”

“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “And I appreciate it.”

“I think it’s a beneficial program for people that plan to stay in their homes,” his daughter said. “It’s worthwhile, especially if you’ve got many things you want to have repaired and you’re on a fixed income, you can’t afford to get it done yourself. So it’s beneficial, very beneficial.”

Program Status 

Westside and Choice Neighborhoods Heritage Program

If you live in the neighborhoods of Vine City, English Avenue, Ashview Heights, Atlanta University Center neighborhoods, or Castleberry Hills, the Westside Heritage and Choice Heritage Programs are still accepting applications.  Please contact the Program Manager for your Council District below.  

Atlanta Heritage Program

Atlanta Heritage application intake is now closed.

Thank you for your interest in the Atlanta Heritage Owner Occupied Rehab Program and your recent application for admittance.   We’ve had a tremendous response to the program.  We received over 750 applications, and we are currently in the process of reviewing them.  Program Managers will begin issuing approval and denial letters this month. 

Please continue to be patient as all approvals will not be issued at the same time.  The goal is to issue them in intervals based on priority ranking and Program Manager capacity.  Therefore, if you have not received a denial letter, there still may be an opportunity for you to receive approval. 

However, if your application was incomplete at the time of the application deadline, it will not be considered.  If we re-open application intake in the future, you will have an opportunity to update and complete your application for possible selection into the program.   

As a reminder, applications are being ranked and prioritized based on the following criteria: 

  • Senior head of household
  • Disabled head of household
  • Veteran head of household
  • In the home for 15 years or more

The current funding will only allow for applicants meeting at least three of these criteria, and any spots still available will go to those that that meet two of them.  If future funding is acquired for the program, lower prioritized applicants will be considered.  If no additional funding is acquired, you will be notified that the program is closed. 

If you receive a denial letter, please note that your application will be reviewed by other partner rehab programs for possible admittance, as our goal is to aid as many applicants as possible. 

Thank you again for your interest and your patience.  Please contact your Program Manager for additional information.      

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Atlanta Heritage Program

The citywide program will provide up to $30,000 to eligible City of Atlanta homeowners, and is funded under the Housing Opportunity Bond, a $40 million bond issuance unanimously approved and supported by Atlanta City Council in March 2017. Program details, eligibility guidelines, and FAQs can be found here:

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Westside Heritage Program

This OOR program is for residents in Westside TAD neighborhoods (Vine City, English Avenue and portions of Castleberry Hill), and is funded by the Vine City Trust Fund and Westside TAD tax increment financing. Program details, eligibility guidelines, and FAQs can be found here:

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Choice Neighborhoods Heritage Program

This OOR program is for residents in the Choice Neighborhoods (Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center Communities) and is supported by a Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant, as well as City of Atlanta and Atlanta Housing Authority Moving to Work funds. Program details, eligibility guidelines, and FAQs can be found here:

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Contact Your Program Manager for More Information

Council Districts Program Manager Contact Phone Email 
2, 6 & 9 Executive Realty Solutions Vanessa Harris
Shauielle Anderson
404-549-3367 info@ersreo.com
5, 7 & 8 National Property Institute Greg Shealey
Rena Johnson
404-808-4417
678-561-4769
gshealey@me.com
npirealty@gmail.com
1 & 10 House Proud Lisa Jones 404-437-4246 lisa.jones@houseproudatlanta.org
3 & 4  Meals on Wheels Atlanta Vona Cox 404-351-3889
x233
vcox@mealsonwheelsatlanta.org
11 & 12 Synergy Real Estate Program Manager 678-763-1127 assistant@synergyrealestate.org

(Click here to find your District. Type in your address and look under Administrative Area.)

For the Westside and Choice Neighborhoods Heritage Owner-Occupied Rehab programs, please contact Meals on Wheels at info@mealsonwheelsatlanta.org or 404-351-3889.

Heritage OOR programs are part of Mayor Bottoms’ larger goal of investing $1 billion from public and private sources to support affordable housing in Atlanta, the largest such investment in Atlanta's history.
 

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