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Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens is closer to his goal of building 20,000 affordable housing units in the Atlanta area.

Elyse Logan and her four children searched for months to find affordable housing. They sometimes slept in her car. She calls her new apartment home a blessing.

“I didn’t have enough job experience, or I wasn’t at my job long enough, or I wasn’t making enough money,” Logan told Atlanta News First.

“We were in and out. We were staying with friends, family, and hotels. And when I couldn’t afford either, probably like once or twice we were staying in my car,” said Logan.

She and her four kids now have a safe place they can call home.

“It just makes me feel so good that I can make my children proud,” said Logan.

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Haven at South Atlanta

Haven at South Atlanta is officially open to the public and accepting applications for 2 and 3-bedroom homes.

The 84-unit mixed-income residential community is just 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta. Of the 84 units, 71 are income-restricted for residents earning 50-60% of the area median income.

2-bedrooms start at $1,023 a month. All apartments are wheelchair accessible and each home comes equipped with brand new washers and dryers.

Mayor Dickens wants to build 20,000 affordable housing units by 2026.

“To have quality, safe affordable housing, that’s what we’re looking at here today,” said Mayor Dickens during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon.

Rent prices in Atlanta are up 37% since last year. According to – the average two-bedroom unit is priced at just over $2,000 a month.

Pennrose is the company that built Haven at South Atlanta in partnership with Focused Community Strategies (FCS), an Atlanta based non-profit that works closely with Purpose Built Communities.

They have plans for more affordable housing, including single-family homes here in South Atlanta.

Visit their website here for more information and to submit applications.