KNOW THE ISSUES
To advocate for seniors and low to middle income homeowners in the most vulnerable communities, (Historic Neighborhoods, Beltline Neighborhoods), who may become displaced through gentrification, higher property taxes, and/or redlining (a racial lending practice by financial institutions who refuse to approve loans to property owners in low-income areas or people of color); to pass new policies / legislation to increase tax credits to seniors and to low and middle income homeowners in communities that qualify.
Overhaul the appraisal guidelines for residential and commercial properties to prevent dishonest values on new, renovated, and unrenovated property appraisals. (Property values should be calculated on the home itself and not on what other homes in the neighborhood are selling for).
Making use of the Assessor’s office for real value of commercial properties (not under valuations) can offset tax breaks given to homeowners. In addition, the valuation appeals process through the Board of Equalization needs immediate updates.
Offer legacy vouchers to homeowners that meet income requirements and have longevity in their homes for 20 years or more. Freeze property values or exempt them from property taxation altogether.
HOMELESS PROGRAM FEDERAL FUNDING
Advocate for transparency on HUD Grants issued each year to the State of Georgia, and reveal how the funds are allocated for housing and related services for those experiencing homelessness.
POLICIES / LEGISLATION
Advocate for policy changes in economics, health, and unemployment; these social ills solidifies the effects of homelessness.
Security Deposit Regulation for Rent – Revamp policies/legislation to reduce enormous deposits requested by landlords from low income residents when trying to rent an apartment (Ex. Municipal Code City of Cincinnati, Ohio, Sec 871-9(a)(8) of the Municipal Code). *****The Atlanta City Council on October 5, 2020 unanimously passed ordinance 20-O-1423, the “Renter’s Choice” bill. This ordinance provides renters with the option of paying security deposits in three installments or purchasing “rental security insurance” in lieu of paying a security deposit.*****
Eviction Prevention, Eviction Protection – New policies/legislation to guarantee representation for those needing legal counsel when facing eviction and can’t afford it (subject to eligibility / income requirements).
Removal of apartment collection accounts from consumer credit files.
Policies to regulate the actions of landlords and stop them from using collections agencies.