Healthy Housing


GHF wants to hear from all Georgians with developmental disabilities (DD) and those who care for them!

In collaboration with disability advocates, we are conducting an anonymous survey about the housing needs of Georgians with DD. Your voice will help the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, advocates, families, and policymakers better understand the unmet needs and possible solutions to improve housing for Georgians with DD.

This project is led by a working group of Georgians with DD and community advocates. The leadership group members are:

● Claire Dees (Atlanta)
● Vimal Isaac (Macon)
● Joanna Jackson (Albany)

● Jordan Hall (Atlanta)
● Derek Heard (Albany)
● Teresa Heard (Albany)
● Jessica Mathis (Savannah)

● Beate Sass (Atlanta)
● Tim Sass (Atlanta)
● Gaylon Tootle (Augusta)

This project is funded by the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. The survey aims to improve housing and support services for Georgians with DD by researching current barriers to housing and potential policy solutions to address these barriers.

Your participation in this survey will help GCDD, advocates, families, and policy makers better understand the unmet needs and possible solutions to improve housing for Georgians with DD.

Use your voice to help form a better understanding of the needs, opportunities, and barriers to housing access for Georgians with DD.

For more information or if you would like to participate in an upcoming focus group about the housing needs of Georgians with DD, please send your name and contact information to Whitney Griggs by clicking here or call GHF at 470-809-8000.

More about GHF's Healthy Housing priority

Housing is important to the health of Georgians. Families and individuals are able to thrive when they have secure, stable places to live that are safe from hazards. Housing conditions like mold, lead paint, or energy inefficiencies risk the physical health of Georgians. Housing instability and poor control over their living spaces can hurt a person’s mental health as well. Because housing conditions are closely tied to income, Georgians of color, families with young children, seniors, and low-income households are most likely to suffer health consequences related to poor housing.

GHF is a member of the Healthy Housing Coalition convened by Georgia Appleseed.

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