How We Do Choice

Choice Atlanta Fact Sheet

Choice Atlanta is an Atlanta Housing Authority initiative that utilizes $30M in Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant funding from HUD and leverages $400M in commitments from AHA, the City of Atlanta, Invest Atlanta, and other public, private, and philanthropic organizations.

These grant funds focus on revitalizing the former University Homes public housing site and help revitalize three surrounding neighborhoods:  Atlanta University Center, Ashview Heights, and Vine City, collectively referred to as the University Choice Neighborhood.  Efforts that focus on Housing, People, and Neighborhood are priorities for Choice Atlanta.

Housing Plan

Focuses on the revitalization of University Homes, now known as Scholars Landing. The proposed master plan includes a total of 606 units. 100 affordable senior rental units and a 60- independent senior living development unit senior personal care home are complete. Choice Neighborhoods will provide funding to support the construction of mixed- income, multi-family rental units with ground floor retail and for-sale homes. The historic Roosevelt Administration Building will be rehabilitated.

People Plan

Grounded in a service delivery model that provides individualized, wraparound services to clients with four interrelated strategies: case management/coaching and counseling, income and wealth building, health and wellness, and high-quality education and lifelong learning. The goal is to improve the economic, education, and health outcomes for the former residents of University Homes, the new residents of Scholars Landing, and residents within the Choice Neighborhoods footprint. 

Grant ActivitiesChoice FundsLeverage Funds
People Plan$4,500,000$49,671,119
Neighborhood Plan$2,338,000$264,888,945
Housing Plan$20,162,000$85,486,978
TOTAL GRANT / LEVERAGE$30,000,000$400,047,042

Neighborhood Plan

Builds on the neighborhood assets while creating a framework to address the ongoing issues of livability, safety, education, community services, and vacant and blighted properties. Aligning with the approach to revitalization developed by Invest Atlanta for the Westside TAD Study Area, Choice Neighborhoods investments include demolition of vacant and distressed structures in partnership with City of Atlanta code enforcement, restoration of existing housing stock under the Choice Heritage Owner-occupied Rehab program, acquisition of land for future mixed-income housing development, green space, urban farming and healthy living programs, installation of neighborhood history trail markers, and enhancement of neighborhood amenities, facilities, and pedestrian connectivity.