During his State of the State address to kick off the 2023 Legislative session, Gov. Brian Kemp recommended reallocating $35.7 million to establish the Rural Workforce Housing Initiative Fund to help address a shortage of quality, affordable workforce housing in different regions of the state. Late last week, the Governor announced the first five recipients of the funding – which he says will allow local development and housing authorities to prepare land for housing developments to support upcoming economic development projects and ensure the state has access to quality workforce housing.

This new program is a component of the OneGeorgia Authority and will provide flexible funding for developing housing and related infrastructure in rural parts of the state. These grants total $8.37 million in infrastructure development that will ultimately support over 500 units of housing in both single- and multi-family developments in five counties. The recipients include Albany, Colquitt County, Columbus, Douglas-Coffee County and Stephens County. 

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