Atlanta Housing Hosts HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

ATLANTE, March 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Atlanta Housing (AH) is proud to announce that the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition begins today, Thursday March 10 and tomorrow, Friday March 11 in the town of Atlanta. The event, which explores creative design opportunities for the historic Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, began onsite and will continue and conclude at the Southface Institute.

Now in his 10’sand year, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research invites teams from accredited educational institutions United States advance the design and production of livable and sustainable housing for low- and middle-income people through research and innovation. “This is a great opportunity to bring innovative ideas to the table for this historic Atlanta place,” said Eugene E. Jones, Jr., president and CEO of Atlanta Housing. “We are proud to have won this nationally competitive opportunity – and by bringing together graduate students with policy makers and civic leaders at home, the intention is to produce a truly innovative approach to the redevelopment of the Civic Center. .”

Local elected officials and community leaders were invited to the two-day design competition which includes site tours and briefings from a host of community and civic leaders. Students will have the opportunity to engage local leaders on a range of topics from planning and zoning to transit and asset management. Teams are made up of three to five graduate students from various disciplines. Their designs will be judged by jury members and student teams can receive prizes of up to $20,000 for the most innovative designs.

“Graduating students in architecture, public policy and related fields can offer fresh insights into innovative ways to provide affordable housing and improve communities,” said CEO Jones. “We can only end up with better housing outcomes for low- and moderate-income Atlanta residents with novel approaches to affordable housing.”


Led by the President and CEO Eugene Jones, Jr.the Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, Georgia (AH), is the largest housing authority in Georgia and one of the largest in the country. AH provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for nearly 22,000 low-income households consisting of approximately 50,000 people. These affordable housing resources include AH-owned residential communities, AH-sponsored mixed-income and mixed-finance residential communities, tenant vouchers, project-based rental assistance, supported housing arrangements support and home ownership opportunities. HA programs are funded and regulated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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SOURCE Atlanta Housing