Community Development


The mission of the Community Development Department is to develop viable urban communities that principally benefit low-to-moderate income persons and work collaboratively with nonprofit agencies, governmental entities at all levels, the business community, the faith-based community, residents, and schools.

In achieving its mission, the Community Development  Department works primarily with funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the provision of resources to carry out the long-term objectives that address HUD’s three overarching goals: 

1. The provision of decent and affordable housing for low to moderate income persons residing in DeKalb County
2. To provide a suitable living environment, public facilities, infrastructure, and expanded community services, principally  benefiting low to-moderate income persons

3. To expand economic opportunities, increase and retain new and existing jobs, and revitalize economically depressed areas that principally serve low to moderate-income areas.

Citizens and interested parties are encouraged to visit this site for continued updates to these programs.


3rd Weds at 10
DeKalb County HOME-ARP Public Information Meeting
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated $7,800,800 in HOME - American Rescue Plan (HOME-ARP) funds to help DeKalb County create affordable housing and services for people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. To facilitate the submission of public comments and recommendations regarding the use of funds, DeKalb Community Development will conduct a public information meeting on June 16, 2022 at 6 PM.

During this meeting, Community Development will provide specific information on HOME-ARP eligible activities, qualifying populations, and funding mechanisms.

In consideration of COVID-19 safety precautions, the meeting will be conducted virtually via ZOOM. Please see meeting access information below.

Meeting URL:

Join by Telephone
USA:  602-333-0032
USA Toll Free:  888-270-9936
Conference Code:  150337

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The DeKalb County Community Development Department is committed to helping existing small business enterprises and entrepreneurs succeed. Growing a business from the ground up and/or expanding an existing business requires business management skills, planning, strategy, access to capital, contracts/sales, and passion. We can help you with the first five but the last one is up to you. Our accelerator programs provide a combination of engaging interactive sessions with individual coaching to transform you into a stronger and more efficient CEO.

Our partner in this endeavor is the Urban League of Greater Atlanta- an organization with decades of proven success in helping small businesses grow and thrive. If you are an existing business owner operating in DeKalb County OR your business is located outside of the county but you live in DeKalb County, our small business accelerator programs are great for you.

To register, click the image to the right. For additional questions that need to be answered, please email Shakirah DeMesier, Special Programs Manager at