January 11, 2023
CONTACT: Lindsey Wiles
Sheri Kell, Habitat for Humanity
MARIETTA - The City of Marietta and Habitat for Humanity of NW Metro Atlanta (HNWMA) are partnering in a first-time, unprecedented partnership to provide six zero-interest affordable homes for City of Marietta and Marietta City School employees.
Called the “Marietta Public Service Housing Program”, the City of Marietta is donating six lots, and HNWMA will provide volunteers to build six one and two-story homes. The construction of the homes is being funded through the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed into law in March 2021.
The City of Marietta received $11,180,581 in total ARPA funding. Of the total, the City committed $500,000 for the Public Service Housing Program, in addition to the six lots. Three homes will be constructed in 2023 and will have a maximum sales price of $250,000 each.
The donated lots are located at:
• 609 Fraiser Street (.175 acres)
• 617 Fraiser Street (.177 acres)
• 136 Hedges Street (.26 acres)
• 144 Hedges Street (.26 acres)
• 37 Griggs Street (acreage TBD)
• 106 Griggs Street (acreage TBD)
“We greatly commend the City of Marietta for recognizing the unrealistic challenges for the average teacher and first responder to buy a family home in today’s real estate market,” says Jessica Gill, CEO, Habitat for Humanity, NW Metro Atlanta. “City leaders are demonstrating true leadership in providing affordable housing, and we are thrilled to partner with them to serve public servants in our community.”
In December, HNWMA dedicated a Habitat home to a Cobb County School Bus Driver who worked multiple jobs to earn a home for her three children. Her story and work ethic were an inspiration to all involved in building her home.
"I am very proud of the way our City Council and staff have utilized funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to benefit our community and our residents who make our city such a wonderful place to live," said Mayor Steve Tumlin. "While the financial stress the pandemic created for governments and our citizens will take many months to recover, I believe our City has been good stewards of the ARPA funds by looking for innovative ways to help our community. The Marietta Public Service Housing Program is just one of the many ways we have sought to better our community through the use of these federal funds."
The application process will be announced soon to all employees via the City of Marietta and the Marietta City School system Human Resource Departments. Applicants are required to have worked one year as a City employee.
Lindsey Wiles, City of Marietta
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Sheri Kell, Habitat for Humanity
About Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta
In 1985, Chrys and John Street met Millard Fuller, who challenged them to start an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in Cobb County. They distributed brochures to local churches and gathered 12 people to form a Board of Directors. On April 1, 1986, Cobb County Habitat for Humanity was officially incorporated as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. In 2008, the organization expanded to include Douglas and Paulding counties and the name changed to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta. Since 1986, nearly 600 homes have been built, rehabilitated, or repaired as part of our pursuit to provide decent, affordable housing in Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding counties. To learn more about the local affiliate, visit habitatnwma.org.
About City of Marietta
The City of Marietta is a full-service municipality distinguished by its unique history, sense of community and modern quality of life. Founded in 1834, Marietta is a quintessential southern town, with festivals and events always on the calendar, a regular farmers market, and a central square that invites you to come and stay awhile. With its diverse workforce and industry, Marietta continues to strive for excellence and remains one of the best cities to live, work, and raise a family within the state. That, coupled with the area's many parks and museums, make it a place built for family life.