WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) hosted a “State of Housing” forum with local leaders, housing experts, and academics to discuss strategies to make housing more accessible for all residents. As of September 2022, the median listing price for a home in Gwinnett County is $420,000, a 91% increase in five years. This rapid increase in home prices has made it nearly impossible for many critical workers — including law enforcement officers, and teachers — to live in the communities they serve.
“Housing in Georgia has reached a point where there is no middle,” Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux said, “This makes it nearly impossible for many to enter the housing market — including critical employees like police officers, teachers, and firefighters. Today’s forum was a chance for local leaders and the public to discuss how we can ensure we are supplying adequate housing options to meet our growing community needs. Whether it is finding down payment assistance or addressing skyrocketing home prices, there are innovative solutions to make housing more accessible and keep our communities strong.”
During the event, attendees heard from a number of local experts on housing issues and solutions. Representatives from the Atlanta Regional Commission started the event off with a detailed overview of housing in the greater-Atlanta area. Following this update, Matt Elder, the Gwinnett County Director of the Housing and Community Development Division, provided an in-depth look at housing in Gwinnett County. Lastly, Congresswoman Bourdeaux led a discussion on housing innovation strategies with Claire Goebel, the Director of Partnerships at Landed, Lejla Prljaca, CEO of the Gwinnett Housing Corporation and CEO of the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, Sugar Hill City Manager Paul Radford, Dr. Brian An, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Adjunct Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Reverend Melanie Conner, CEO of Rainbow Village.
Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia, and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, and economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure.
Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.