"If poverty is a disease that infects an entire community in the form of unemployment and violence; failing schools and broken homes, then we can’t just treat those symptoms in isolation. We have to heal the entire community.  And we have to focus on what actually works."

 - Barack Obama, July 18, 2007


The Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) was awarded a 2010 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant (CNPG) by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the revitalization of the former University Homes and surrounding neighborhoods of Ashview Heights, the Atlanta University Center and Vine City, with the goal of developing a Neighborhood Transformation Plan (NTP) that would transform the community into a 21st century neighborhood, while preserving its rich history.

The University Choice Neighborhood (UCN) team worked with the community from 2011 to 2015 to develop strategies for the NTP, conducting charrettes, focus groups and community meetings that sought input the from the residents about everything from public safety, education, and urban farming to a historical marker system that preserves and promotes the neighborhood history. As a result of the inout, the community-driven strategies became the Neighborhood Transformation Plan, the core of the application to HUD for the 2015 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant.  

Under the leadership of Joy Fitzgerald, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority, and Kasim Reed, Mayor of the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Housing Authority and the City of Atlanta applied for, and were awarded, a $30MM Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant in September 2015.

Various components of the Neighborhood Transformation Plan are underway in support of the people, housing and neighborhood goals of the Choice Neighborhoods Initiative. Visit our Document Library for the University Choice Neighborhood Fact Sheet and other information, and follow us on Facebook for community events.

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, flanked on his left by City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta Housing Authority Chairman of the Board, Dan Halpern, Verna Mobley and Jennita Robinson, both former residents of the former University Homes now known as Scholars Landing, and Virginia Myrie, current resident of Scholars Landing; on his right by Congressman John Lewis and Atlanta Housing Authority President and CEO, Joy W. Fitzgerald, Diane Hill current resident of Scholars Landing, Mildred Owens former resident of the former University Homes and Marjorie Sadler, current resident of Scholars Landing, during the awards ceremony for the FY2014 Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant.

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