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RTB Atlanta - A Decade of Exceptional Bar Rental Services

If you're looking to make an impression at your next celebration or event, few services take your gathering to the next level like Raising the Bar. At RTB, we mix superior service and delicious spirits with the finest bar rentals in Atlanta, GA. We pride ourselves on creating unique, delectable drinks backed by impeccable service to keep your event stress-free and streamlined, so you can focus on your role at the party while attendees have the time of their lives. our guests will not only be impressed by our high-quality craft cocktails - they'll be blown away by the entire process, from setting up to break down. Unlike some bar rental companies in Atlanta, we prioritize professionalism, attention to detail, and customer service.

Having served such brands as Ferrari and Delta, we know what it takes to turn a mediocre event into something special. Our team of bartenders have the experience to keep your guests happy and the flair to give them a memorable time, no matter what kind of function you're organizing. From summertime shindigs in the sun to corporate team building events, we've seen and done it all, and we're here to serve you as well.

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Here's a quick snapshot of what we can do for you:

Full-Service Packages

Full-Service Packages

we'll arrive early, set everything up, run your bar service, keep your guests entertained, and clean up after ourselves when we're done. We'll focus on your mobile bar service while your guests admire how awesome your event turned out.

Brand Activations

Brand Activations

Launch your product with branded bar setups or support your event with customizable drinks, satellite bars, and giveaways. We don't just handle the drinks; we keep the party flowing.

Corporate Events

Corporate Events

From exciting team-building exercises to formal affairs, we have worked on hundreds of corporate events in Atlanta. Regardless of the size of your corporate event, our team will handle all the details, from customized bars with company logos to a custom menu of craft cocktails.

Weddings

Weddings

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. As such, your reception is one of the biggest parties you'll ever thlmb-row. It needs to be perfect, and it needs to be fun. We've got you covered on both fronts and then some. Contact our office today to learn more about how we keep your guest's glasses full and your bar rental beautiful.

Mobile Bar Rentals

Mobile Bar Rentals

If you're looking for the highest quality mobile bar rentals in Atlanta, look no further than RTB. We've built our business around bar rentals and have everything from sleek, modern bar tops to rustic-chic beer taps. Our team is here to offer guidance as you choose your bar rental. Once you do, we'll handle every detail - from set up and break down to staffing and drink service.

Bartenders

Bartenders

Already have your bar setup planned but still need bartender staffing in Atlanta, GA? Our bartenders are experts in their trade and will undoubtedly raise the bar when it comes to your upcoming event.

Why Choose Raising the Bar?

RTB was built on hard work and kindness. With more than a decade of experience in the private event business, we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the United States. We pride ourselves on excellence in every service we offer, from bar rental setup for weddings to large brand reveals and everything in between. RTB isn't just here to mix and serve drinks at your next party - we're here to offer guidance, advice, and expertise every step of the way. From suggestions on how much alcohol to have stocked at your party to trusted vendor referrals for your corporate event, we're here to help.

At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that our clients get the hard work and attention they deserve. When you choose Raising the Bar, know that we will do everything in our power to make you, your guests, and your event feel extra special. We are dedicated to giving every one of our clients a white glove experience, whether your purchase a full-service package or need an experienced bartender.

Bar Rentals in Atlanta, GA

The idea of thlmb-rowing a big party or get-together for your friends or co-workers is an exciting prospect. When it comes down to the logistics of your bar service, however, planning can become a nightmare. Thankfully, there's an easier, more efficient way to arrange for a stunning bar setup - bar rentals from Raising the Bar. When you hire RTB, you can rest easy knowing we have all the details covered.

We are proud to offer the most streamlined bar rental services in Atlanta. Our doesn't just arrive at your location and start slinging drinks.

Setting up your bar rental is important, of course, but we also handle all the requirements your bar may need:

  • Set Up Bar Rental
  • Handle Purchase Orders
  • Arrange for Alcohol Delivery
  • Ensure Bar is Stocked
  • Maintain Excellent Quality Control
  • Provide Fully Trained, Fun Bartenders
  • Provide Cash Control and Inventory Management
  • Custom Cocktail Creation
  • Provide a Fun, Memorable Bar Rental Experience
  • Collect Glassware After Event Ends
  • Break Down Bar and Clean Up After Event Ends
 Bartenders For Parties Atlanta, GA

Of course, what kind of mobile bar service would we be if we didn't provide the most innovative, tasty beverages for partygoers to enjoy? RTB stands tall above all other portable bar rentals in Georgia with custom-made cocktails to fit any themed event and even customized menus for your guests. Example events that are perfect for RTB bar rentals include sales meetings, real estate open houses, holiday staff parties, software release parties, team building mixology meetings, birthday parties, barbecues, and more.

At RTB, we earned our stripes by showing off what we can do in front of thousands of people. With our extensive experience, innovative cocktails, and top-notch bartenders, you can't go wrong with Raising the Bar.

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Benefits of Bar Rentals in Atlanta

We get feedback from our amazing clients every day, telling us how we helped make their event bigger and better than they thought possible. We're in the business of making your party or gathering unforgettable, but we also provide convenience and peace of mind for busy people planning events.

Here are just a few more reasons why our customers love our bar rentals in Atlanta:

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Custom Bar Rentals for Unique Events

Our mobile bars can be personalized to match nearly any theme and any type of event. Need to have your company's logo on display? We can make that happen. Have a fun custom cocktail idea for your wedding day? Give us a shout - we'd love to hear what you're thinking. Unlike some of our competition, we encourage our customers to get creative with us. There are many options to make your bar rental stand out, from LED lighting coupled with a sleek, modern bar to luxurious displays with custom cocktail menus.

Less Stress

Less Stress

Planning a party can be a blast, that's for sure. But trying to handle event setup and logistics? Not so much. Setting up tables, chairs, and other items is time-consuming and frustrating. RTB eliminates this stress by arriving at your event location with everything ready to go - from your mobile bar setup to drink service and more. You've got more important things to worry about than whether the lemons are fully stocked at the bar. Let us take care of the "nitty-gritty" while you focus on enjoying your event.

Save Money

Save Money

Because RTB supplies you with everything you need for your bar rental service, most customers end up saving money in the long run when they work with us. Common costs that we can help alleviate for you include purchasing barstools, glasses, garnishes, mixers, sodas, and more. Additionally, our team sets everything up, breaks everything down, and cleans up after the party. This service also saves our customers money, who would otherwise need to make arrangements for storage as well as a clean-up crew at the end of the night.

Bartender Staffing in Atlanta, GA

At Raising the Bar, we understand how important it is to have a qualified, trustworthy team of bartenders at your event. From drink service to limiting alcohol consumption, you need to be able to rely on your bartender from the moment your event starts until it ends. We are proud to have skilled, fully insured bartenders who are ready and waiting to make an impression at your next big event. Unlike dull, run-of-the-mill bartenders, our team won't suck the life out of your party - we'll keep your guests entertained and their glasses full so that the good times keep rolling.

 Bar Rentals & Bartender Staffing Atlanta, GA

Curious what kind of events our bartenders can help cover?

Here are just a few of our specialties:
 Portable Bar Rental Atlanta, GA
Bartenders for Weddings in Atlanta

We will work with you to supply a professional bartender at your wedding, so you can say "I Do" without worrying about your drink service.

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Bartenders for Corporate Functions in Atlanta

RTB can provide bartenders for your upcoming company dinner, award ceremony, team building exercise, and more. Our bartenders will be dressed for the occasion and will provide service that is tailored to your occasion.

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Bartenders for Social Gatherings in Atlanta

Our enthusiastic, high-energy bartenders make a great addition to any party or social gathering, big or small.

 Mobile Bar Service Atlanta, GA
Bartenders for Private Events in Atlanta

Thlmb-rowing a private birthday bash? Perhaps you're thinking about a small celebration for your anniversary. Whatever the occasion, RTB will supply a hardworking, professional bartender for your private event.

Depending on the type of event you have in mind, our bartenders are also trained for more "out of the box" events as part of our signature service packages. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Mixology Classes
  • Mixology Demonstrations
  • Beer and Wine Sommelier
  • Bourbon Master
  • Craft Cocktails
  • Build Your Own Mule Bar
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Concessions Services in Atlanta, GA

In addition to bar rentals in Atlanta, GA, Raising the Bar also offers a suite of concessions services for events in Georgia. RTB concessions were born out of the desire to provide a next-generation beverage experience. This service is tailored to brand sponsors who wish to provide consumers with an elevated cocktail experience in a large setting. Special events and festivals in Georgia are only glmb-rowing in popularity. Today, consumers attending these events expect a wider variety of drink choices. They crave a personalized experience, and Raising the Bar is the perfect partner to choose when executing such an event

For brand sponsors, having a partner that provides a memorable consumer experience is crucial for maximizing ROI. Our ability to work with all trade partners (venue owners, brand owners, and distributors) makes their sponsorship money work harder. With more than a decade of experience, a highly trained staff of bartenders, and customizable bar services, we stand tall as Atlanta's most trusted boutique concessions provider. Having worked with many large-scale festivals, sporting events, and corporate events, we are confident that our beverage program gives consumers an unrivaled experience. Equally important, we give brand sponsors a key source of income.

 Bartenders For Events Atlanta, GA

We're Ready to Serve Up a Great Time

Ready to learn more about how Raising the Bar can transform your boring party into a fun, exciting party?

Our team of experts is ready to help you get started. Contact our office in Atlanta today at 404-826-5945. Before you know it, you'll be sipping a craft cocktail next to a branded bar rental while your guests rave about your amazing event.

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Latest News in Atlanta, GA

Six Atlanta chefs participating in Georgia Peanut Restaurant Week

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Six Atlanta chefs will create dishes inspired by Georgia peanuts during Georgia Peanut Restaurant Week Oct. 4 to 9.During Georgia Peanut Restaurant Week, each chef will create special Georgia Peanut-inspired dishes with ingredients including raw or roasted peanuts, peanut oil, peanut flour, and more.Bastone chef Past Pascarella, ...

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - Six Atlanta chefs will create dishes inspired by Georgia peanuts during Georgia Peanut Restaurant Week Oct. 4 to 9.

During Georgia Peanut Restaurant Week, each chef will create special Georgia Peanut-inspired dishes with ingredients including raw or roasted peanuts, peanut oil, peanut flour, and more.

Bastone chef Past Pascarella, Twisted Soul’s Robert Butts, Canoe’s Matt Basford, Talat Market’s Parnass Savang, The Woodall’s Karl Gorline and Nick’s Westside’s Nick Leahy will participate. The dishes vary from Basford’s peanut macarons with chocolate mousse to Gorline’s BBQ Octopus Sous Vide.

Chefs in Athens, Blue Ridge, Columbus, Savannah, St. Simons Island and Tifton are also participating.

For more information on Georgia Peanuts visit www.gapeanuts.com or check out the Georgia Peanut Commission on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

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Georgia Tech Welcomes International Soccer to Bobby Dodd

Prepare for heavy pedestrian and road traffic around campus Sunday, Sept. 25.Georgia Tech's campus will be buzzing with soccer fans this weekend. Two top professional teams from Mexico are bringing their rivalry to Atlanta on Sunday. Bobby Dodd Stadium will play host to CD Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América, in their Súper Clásico series. This rivalry game has been happening since 1943 and is recognized as one of the premier international matchups. The fan bases for the two squads are among some of the largest...

Prepare for heavy pedestrian and road traffic around campus Sunday, Sept. 25.

Georgia Tech's campus will be buzzing with soccer fans this weekend. Two top professional teams from Mexico are bringing their rivalry to Atlanta on Sunday. Bobby Dodd Stadium will play host to CD Chivas de Guadalajara and Club América, in their Súper Clásico series. This rivalry game has been happening since 1943 and is recognized as one of the premier international matchups. The fan bases for the two squads are among some of the largest in the world.

This event may lead to some congestion around campus, especially before and after the game. The opening kick is set for approximately 4:30 p.m. Expect road closures and heavy foot and vehicle traffic before and after the game. Parking permit holders are being asked to provide spaces for our guests, similar to Georgia Tech football games. Please note that visitor and special events parking revenue plays a critical role in reducing faculty, staff, and student permit rates.

Friday, Sept. 23

To accommodate TV trucks, please move your vehicles from the following lots on Friday by 6 p.m.:

Lower E44: behind Daniel Lab Upper E44: behind Emerson (A. French) and Lyman Hall

E44 permit holders may park in E52-Peters Deck on Friday. Gate access will be added to your BuzzCard or carpool permit.

Sunday, Sept. 25

Please move your vehicles from the following lots by 6 a.m. on Sunday E40 (Klaus Deck) E45 (Tech Tower Lot) E46 (Burge/North Avenue) and E48 (Wardlaw Deck) E49 (Alumni Lot) E52 (Peters Deck)

ER51: Fourth Street Techwood Drive from North Avenue to Fourth Street Fowler Street from Fourth Street to Fifth Street

R55: Fowler Street from Fifth Street to Sixth Street

W01 (Tech Parkway) W02 (Student Center Deck) W04 (Procurement/Business Services/OHR)

Visitors Areas 1, 2, 6, 7, and 9

Note: This includes all service and government vehicle spaces. Any vehicles remaining in the aforementioned areas after the deadline may be relocated at the owner’s expense. All no parking zones and fire lanes must be kept clear at all times; vehicles in these areas will be relocated at the owner’s expense.

Alternate Parking

You may begin parking in any of the areas listed below starting Friday, Sept. 23, at any time through Sunday, Sept. 25: W06: Tech Parkway/Marietta Street (excluding Ivan Allen College/Habersham lot at 781 Marietta Street) WR29: West Campus Housing area W31: IPST E70: GTRI

You may park in the areas listed below on Friday, Sept. 23, after 5 p.m. through Sunday, Sept. 25:

W10: CRC Deck W22: Dalney Deck W23: North Deck

Parking access for gated locations will be added to your BuzzCard or carpool permit.

Note: E81-Tech Square Deck is not an alternate parking location. Normal after-hours/weekend access for annual individual and carpool permits is not permitted on game day. This does not include evening/weekend permit access in E81-Tech Square Deck. Customers are responsible for paying the posted hourly rates if a ticket is pulled upon entry.

Instructions for Releasing Towed Vehicles

Visit driverseat.gatech.edu and pay all existing fines online. Once payment has been made, please call 404.385.7275 for instructions on retrieving the impounded vehicle. Customers are responsible for paying any prior fines, including all citations received on game day, to release their vehicle.

Customers may return to their assigned parking areas one hour after the game ends. All vehicles must be returned to assigned areas by 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26. Vehicles that remain in alternate parking zones after this time are subject to citation.

If special exceptions are required, please contact Parking and Transportation Services at 404.385.PARK (7275) for assistance.

Transit Operations for Match Day

Sunday, Sept. 25 The Grocery Shuttle will serve the Transit Hub, West Campus Housing, Graduate/Family Housing, and Atlantic Station on Sunday, Sept. 25. It will not serve East Campus. The Midnight Rambler will operate normal service hours and levels on Sunday, Sept. 25. The Stingerette will operate normal service hours and levels on Sunday, Sept. 25.

Please use the TransLoc mobile app or the bus.gatech.edu website to track the Grocery Shuttle and the Midnight Rambler

Limited tickets for the Súper Clásico are still available at www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets and www.ticketon.com.

Student Articles to be Published in Music Education Magazine

Six students will see their articles published in the upcoming Fall 2022 issue of Georgia Music News, a music education magazine.As part of their final project in a master’s level course in academic writing, Dr. Patrick Freer simply gave students the task “to brainstorm areas of research interest, including ‘I’d like to know more about…’ topics.” Students presented their ideas and found that many of them overlapped, which in turn created writing pairs. After completing their assignme...

Six students will see their articles published in the upcoming Fall 2022 issue of Georgia Music News, a music education magazine.

As part of their final project in a master’s level course in academic writing, Dr. Patrick Freer simply gave students the task “to brainstorm areas of research interest, including ‘I’d like to know more about…’ topics.” Students presented their ideas and found that many of them overlapped, which in turn created writing pairs. After completing their assignment, their articles were submitted to the publication and have been chosen to be published.

This fall, you will see Ansley Cook & Asia Lloyd’s article: No Longer the Few: Leadership Strategies for Female Band Directors, Christopher Massie & TJ Primer’s: Breaking Barriers: Utilizing Informal Learning Practices to Foster a Culturally Responsive Choral Classroom and Glen Perdew & Phu Vu’s: Beyond Performing: Alternative Music Jobs of Three Portfolio Musicians published. Congratulations to all involved!

Click here to read more or view past publications.

TJ Primer earned a BM in Music Education from Georgia State University in 2019. His vocal performance experience includes over 15 years of church choir singing, two of which he served as a pianist and worship leader at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Mt. Airy, GA. He was paid choral scholar at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. TJ currently serves as the chorus teacher at Floyd Middle School in Mableton, GA. He relishes every opportunity to teach new students of all ages, seeking to instill a passion for music and vocal performance.

Glen Perdew is a graduate of Georgia State University with a Master of Music degree in Music Education. As a Mercer Scholar at GSU, Mr. Perdew fully developed a teaching unit on songwriting which will be published by the Johnny Mercer Foundation. His research focuses on alternative non-performing careers for portfolio musicians. Mr. Perdew is a general music teacher at Tara Elementary School in Clayton County. He has 18 years of public school teaching experience. Mr. Perdew is also a bandleader, keyboardist and vocalist.

Asia Lloyd is the current band and general music teacher at Columbia Middle School (Dekalb County). She was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga, and began her musical journey as a student in Dekalb County. Ms. Lloyd is a graduate of Florida A&M University, where she served as both principal flutist in the FAMU Wind Symphony and piccolo co-section leader in the Incomparable Marching 100 before obtaining her B.S in Music Education. She is currently pursuing an MM degree in Music Education from Georgia State University.

Ansley Cook is a graduate student in music education at Georgia State University. Ansley has six years of experience teaching middle school band between Gwinnett and Dekalb Counties, and she has been a woodwind clinician in the Atlanta area since 2012. She has also worked with local youth organizations teaching private lessons, musical theater, and coaching soccer. At GSU, her research focus is on the community reconciliation capabilities of school performance ensembles, specifically in communities with high racial tension. Ansley’s upbringing in the Atlanta area combined with a passion for youth activity informs her studies in music education and community building.

Christopher Massie is an Orff certified music teacher and chorus director at Esther Jackson Elementary school in Fulton county. He is also the director of music at The Church at Ponce & Highland in Atlanta. Christopher received both his BMU and MMU from Georgia State University in music education where he focused his research on culturally responsive pedagogy and the national standards. Other professional accomplishments include completion of John Feierabend’s First Steps in Music and Conversational Solfege certifications.

Phu Vu is a native of Saigon, Vietnam. He graduated with his BM from Saigon University in 2018. Vietnam, Vu was a music teacher, collaborative pianist, and professional music producer. He worked at various school levels and in Vietnam’s music entertainment industry. Vu entered the United States in 2019 and earned his MM in music education at Georgia State University in 2022. At GSU, Vu created a piano curriculum focused on teaching piano skills through American Popular Music of the early 1900s. Vu performed with GSU Panther Band in 2022’s Rose Parade 2022. Vu teaches music at St. Peter Claver Regional Catholic School in Decatur.

Out and About in the ATL | Aug. 26-28, 2022

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The weekend is upon us and there’s plenty of things to do in metro Atlanta. Lady Gaga is at Truist Park. the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is happening, and an Australian country singer is performing at the Red Light Cafe. More things to do below.The BronzeLens Film Festival continues this weekend at various locations. The festival features short films by local filmmakers of color. The festival also includes film industry panel...

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) - The weekend is upon us and there’s plenty of things to do in metro Atlanta. Lady Gaga is at Truist Park. the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is happening, and an Australian country singer is performing at the Red Light Cafe. More things to do below.

The BronzeLens Film Festival continues this weekend at various locations. The festival features short films by local filmmakers of color. The festival also includes film industry panels, a Sunday brunch, and an awards show.

Head to Cultivation Brewery in Norcross for Pho Cue (Vietnamese pho and central Texas-stye BBQ), live music with Juicebox Band, Aubrey’s Place woodworking pop-up shop and more.

Eventide Brewing is celebrating National Dog Day. There will be pet gear for sale, dog caricatures, a dog-owner look-a-like contest and beer.

The three-day Braselton Antique & Artisan Festival features 300 vendors, live music, food trucks and fun.

Eight O’ Eight is bringing their high-energy rock tribute show to Dixie Tavern on Windy Hill Road.

Second Self Beer Company on Logan Circle NW is hosting Comedy on the Lawn. It’s a free show for adults. Hosted by Vas Sanchez.

Lady Gaga is bringing her Chromatica Ball tour to Truist Park.

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The Beverly Atlanta on Glenwood Avenue is hosting a 90s Brunch with cocktail specials, DJ G-Que and 90s vibes.

The two-day Grant Park Summer Shade Festival will feature multiple artists and music. There will also be an artist market and kid zone. Atlanta Rescue Dog Cafe will be there both days.

The SheATL Summer Theater Festival continues through Sunday at the Schwartz Performing Arts Center on North Decatur Road. The festival features four full-length plays by gender-marginalized artists.

The Cobb International Festival at Cobb County Fair Grounds will feature local and international music and art, eclectic dancing, delicious culinary options, crafts, jewelry and a kids corner.

Georgia Jam 2022 at Gas South Arena in Duluth will feature 11 bands in one venue. Lineup includes Jefferson Starship, Mother’s Finest, Drivin N Cryin, Michelle Malone, Pat Travers Band, ARS, Yacht Rock Schooner, Love Tractor, Shyanne, Boyce Coleman Band, Michael Allman Band.

Three Dog Night is performing at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on Peachtree Street NE.

The Black Keys with special guest, band of Hourses, is bringing their Dropout Boogie Tour to Ameris Bank Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.

Lucky’s in Roswell is celebrating its 12th anniversary with an End of Summer Bash. There will be live music, a kids bouncy house and face painter, 2nd cutest dog contest benefitting the Golden Retriever Rescue Atanta, vendors, giveaways, burgers and a special $5 cocktail.

The Southern Devil Harley-Davidson in Cartersville is hosting Bikes, Babes & BBQ featuring the 2nd annual Georgia BBQ Association-sanctioned BBQ competition. There will also be food trucks, live music and beverages from Sixes Tavern.

Steady Hand Beer Co. on Ellsworth Industrial Boulevard is hosting a vintage and handmade market. There will be a DJ and food trucks.

Southern Star Tattoo is hosting the 736 Ponce Fest with free music, free food and free booze.

Australian country singer Catherine Britt is performing at Red Light Cafe on Amsterdam Avenue NE.

The Decemberists are bringing their Summer 2022 Tour to Tabernacle Atlanta.

The Goo Goo Dolls are bringing their Summer Tour 2022 to the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park.

Country legend Vince Gill is performing at the Fox Theatre.

If you would like to submit information for a future list, send an email with details to joyce.lupiani@cbs46.com.

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Nonprofits, governments team up to help people keep a roof overhead amid Georgia housing crisis

In Atlanta’s housing market where exorbitant home prices and high rents are excluding even many middle-class families, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and other local luminaries earlier this month stood outside a house built in 1949 that could help buck the trend by providing a safe and affordable place to live.The two-bedroom Oakmont Drive house has been brought up to code and renovated with new flooring to go along with other improvements, one of the dozens of homes across the region that is being acquired and rehabbed by the Atla...

In Atlanta’s housing market where exorbitant home prices and high rents are excluding even many middle-class families, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and other local luminaries earlier this month stood outside a house built in 1949 that could help buck the trend by providing a safe and affordable place to live.

The two-bedroom Oakmont Drive house has been brought up to code and renovated with new flooring to go along with other improvements, one of the dozens of homes across the region that is being acquired and rehabbed by the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership as part of a campaign to develop 2,000 apartment units and homes by 2025.

Housing insecurity is not just an Atlanta issue, but a problem across Georgia and many other areas of the country, increasing the need for partnerships like the $2.5 million investment by CareSource, the state’s only nonprofit Medicaid provider, to preserve 75 single-family rentals like the northwest Atlanta property where officials gathered outside of this month.

The Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, or ANDP, is in the midst of the $440 million “Closing the Gap” campaign and over the last several years has had a tenfold increase in its rental portfolio to about 200 properties.

ANDP often partners with local Black builders who might have their own brokerage or real estate agency that can help the nonprofit identify homes. The organization can provide loans to purchase homes and also delve into the rental market by leveraging resources like federal grants and other government funding or philanthropic dollars from donors like CareSource.

Ashani O’Mard, senior vice president of strategic housing investments for ANDP, said that providing a safe, reliable and affordable home to rent will provide some stability to a family.

“Where you live is like a critical stabilizer in your ability to focus on other outcomes in your life; whether it’s health, whether it’s education, whether it’s being able to access transportation to get to work,” O’Mard said. “It becomes foundational in positioning a family to be able to thrive in other facets of their lives.”

Dickens said the investment illustrates how federal, state, and local partners are working with nonprofit agencies and private businesses to solve Atlanta’s housing shortage. CareSource representatives say health care leaders can better ensure the type of housing stability that helps residents stay healthier.

In Atlanta, housing prices increased 70% from 2000 to 2017, outpacing income increases of 48% of its residents, a problem that will only worsen as the population grows.

Across the state, inflation has led to higher utility costs and prices for construction supplies to build new homes, and private investors are snatching up large numbers of homes and then flooding the rental market with them. Meanwhile, local government officials have also been criticized for not helping fill the void of subsidized housing and not mandating that developers offer more units that are affordable to those most vulnerable to housing insecurity.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, there is a shortage of rental homes for 340,000 households, or 24% of Georgia’s renters, whose incomes are below 30% of the area median income.

Cost burdened households are those that spend at least 30% of their income on housing and utilities.

The coalition reports that over a five-year period through 2020, for every 100 Georgia households earning half of average income, only about 58 affordable units were available.

In order to afford a two-bedroom rental home listed at HUD’s fair market rent, a family would need to earn $43,618 a year. The agency’s fair market rental value for a two-bedroom ranges widely across the state, from $880 in Albany to north of $1,000 in Augusta to an average of $1,553 in the two dozen counties spanning metro Atlanta.

For the Atlanta housing nonprofit, its properties typically rent for $650 to $1,650 a month, and it also develops houses that sell for less than $275,000.

“Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing,” the national coalition said about Georgia. “Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and health care to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.”

In recent months, government officials have directed money to combat housing insecurity, most recently with Gov. Brian Kemp announcing this week $30.8 million awarded to eight organizations that aim to help people keep a roof overhead. The funding, provided through COVID-relief grants from the American Rescue Plan Act, will go toward building dozens of apartments around Atlanta for low-income families, homeless individuals, veterans and people who are 55 years and older who are on the verge of losing their homes.

In Macon, the River Edge Foundation will spend $4.8 million to build 26 one-bedroom apartments for low-income people with disabilities, and another $2.2 million is going to a program to assist with the construction of an affordable housing development for Georgia’s farm workers. The state allocated another $100 million earlier this year to organizations like the United Way of Central Georgia to support people experiencing homelessness and for other housing initiatives.

“The pandemic showed the great level of resiliency and determination Georgians have, and the funds we’re awarding today will further help those still struggling in the aftermath of COVID-19 regain stability and housing security,” Kemp said in a statement on Wednesday.

The funding will support River Edge as it builds group homes that are accessible for adults with disabilities.

In May, Democratic U.S. Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff announced $170 million in HUD grants would be distributed to 27 localities across the state to expand the availability of affordable housing.

The money will support organizations’ efforts to renovate affordable housing, including providing housing assistance and services for HIV-affected people living in low-income households.

ANDP’s senior director of communications and technology, George Burgan, says that more people are having to choose between paying for rent and medicine.

Although the organization focuses mostly on helping finance homeownership, there is a compelling need to offer reasonably priced rental units.

“You have so many players who are buying up, amassing rentals and the rent increases are just more than low and moderate income families can absorb,” Burgan said. “So we’re finding, we need to be in that space to try and preserve affordability.”

This story comes to GPB through a reporting partnership with Georgia Recorder.

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