BLAKELY, Ga. (WDHN) — In 2020, the City of Blakely was selected as one of the participants of the Georgia Housing Initiative for Community Housing.
The city got involved with it several years ago when the school system went to Early Cares and advised that there was homelessness among students, and they realized they had a housing problem. This will be easier to address with GICH.
“We are now afforded the availability of technical assistance as well as other resources that may not have been available to otherwise, or the access might have been a little bit more difficult,” Developer Denice Harris said. “So we are extremely grateful for this opportunity.”
Before GICH, Early Cares had already started addressing some housing problems.
Now with GICH, they have access to more developers to come in and help with different types of housing.
“Possible multi-purpose dwellings, multi-use dwellings, tiny houses, those kinds of things,” Harris said. “Then other investors that can help us with existing structures to make them more safe, affordable, and of quality of course.”
The group will start an assessment of all of Blakely and is not targeting one section of the city. They want everyone to know they’re trying to help everyone.
“We will be speaking with each of the residents to find out what their preferences are for housing and how we can best assist them,” Harris said. “What is it that you need? Tell us, let us know.”