The first-ever Westside Housing Fair, held on Saturday, July 22 at the Hollis Innovation Academy, offered residents valuable housing information from Invest Atlanta and our partners, as well as prizes and fun activities for the entire family.
The partners participating at the Fair provided valuable insights to attendees, whether they currently rent, already own a home, or are looking to buy a home on the Westside. The highlight of the event was an informative presentation during which each group offered a brief overview of what products and services they provide. Here’s a quick overview of the program:
- Renters: The Atlanta Housing Authority spoke about their work on the Westside and the Housing Choice Voucher Program, while Invest Atlanta representatives spoke about our land acquisition efforts and the Dalvigney and Oasis of Vine City developments. The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation focused on renters’ rights and the effect of rising property values on Westside renters.
- Homebuyers: Invest Atlanta spoke about our down payment assistance programs, as well as our new Trio lease-to-own option. The On the Rise Financial Center spoke about preparing for the homebuying process, and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity discussed their future construction plans on the Westside.
- Homeowners: The Westside Future Fund focused on the recently announced Anti-Displacement Tax Fund. Meals on Wheels spoke about their joint work with IA on an owner-occupied rehabilitation program, while the Georgia Heirs Property Law Center emphasized the importance of correcting title issues.
Attendees also enjoyed fun outdoor activities, back-to-school giveaways, prize drawings, and free food. The non-profit Soccer in the Streets even set up an area where children could play a quick game of pickup soccer.
The Westside Housing Fair is part of Invest Atlanta’s larger effort to support the Westside revitalization and resident retention effort. Learn more about Invest Atlanta’s work here.