Progress from the Collective Effort

New Homes on the Westside at 1300 Mayson Turner

In the wake of COVID-19, high-quality, affordable housing is needed on the Westside now more than ever. Many families—including those with children attending school in the Booker T. Washington cluster—remain at risk of displacement. These are two big reasons why Westside Future Fund is especially pleased at the completion of 1300 Mayson Turner Road. This address, previously the site of an apartment complex that had fallen into disrepair, is now the location of a beautiful neighborhood asset. The new building, located on Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, directly across from City of Refuge, is a 47-unit complex of 2- and 3- bedroom, 2- bath apartments and is perfect for families.

City of Refuge originally acquired the property and worked with former residents to assist with their relocation. In a true homecoming, some of those tenants have now returned to 1300 Mayson Turner Rd NW.

City of Refuge and Westside Future Fund will jointly own and manage the property, offering about one third of the units to graduates of City of Refuge’s workforce training programs and residential program participants. The remainder of the units will be available to participants in Westside Future Fund’s Home on the Westside program. Residents interested in the property are encouraged to complete a Home on the Westside interest form. The property will also be available to Housing Choice voucher holders.

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Westside Future Fund Announces New Round of Affordable Housing Development to Benefit Legacy Residents on Atlanta’s Historic Westside

John Ahmann, President and CEO of the Westside Future Fund (WFF), announced today that the nonprofit would soon start more affordable housing development activity, thanks to its public-private partnership with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Invest Atlanta, and Atlanta Housing. WFF will begin the development of approximately 50 vacant single-family lots and 36 multi-family apartments, primarily in the English Avenue neighborhood, with occupancy targeted for early 2021. WFF purchased these lots and apartments as part of its “Home on the Westside” community retention program, and Atlanta Housing approved project-based Homeflex vouchers to enable development.

“Affordable housing is a key component of our Administration’s One Atlanta Housing Affordability Plan and Economic Mobility Plan,” said Mayor Bottoms. “The work of the Westside Future Fund, in conjunction with Invest Atlanta and Atlanta Housing, shows what we can do when public and private partners collaborate on sustainable change. Thank you to the partners and donors for serving as a powerful catalyst for fueling progress toward economic equity for underserved Atlantans through the Home on the Westside development.”

In alignment with WFF’s core commitment to community retention and partnership with the Bottoms Administration, WFF has committed nearly $80 million to date to acquire and develop high quality, affordable housing. Current WFF holdings include over 250 multi-family units and more than 100 single-family lots.

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