The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) helps communities improve their quality of life and economic vitality through the development of locally-driven housing and revitalization strategies. With the ongoing support of our Founding Sponsor, the Georgia Power Company, GICH has facilitated progress toward housing stability in 60 communities during its first 12 years.
The support of the GICH partners-the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA), the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), the University of Georgia (UGA) Housing and Demographics Research Center, and the UGA Office of the Vice President of Public Service and Outreach-includes ongoing technical assistance, as well as the organization and sponsorship of retreats for the participating communities.
GICH provides a platform for teams to think of creative solutions and network with housing professionals, city officials and staff, as well as community volunteers from across the state. In 2016, the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes of GICH continued working to revitalize declining neighborhoods, create new affordable housing options, and provide financial and home buyer education to their residents. GICH participants are steadily enhancing their knowledge and effectiveness in addressing the issues in their communities.