ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Monday was a big day for the city of Atlanta when Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and others gathered to break ground on a $27.6 million multi-family unit in Southwest Atlanta.

The groundbreaking is apart of the City of Atlanta Housing Affordability Action Plan aimed at increasing affordable housing.

"Affordability is the foundation of any livable and thriving community," said Mayor Bottoms. "Creating and preserving affordable housing is critical to the future of all those who call Atlanta home. For too many residents, their zip code determines their opportunities. This action plan is a vision for a more equitable city where each Atlantan has access to quality, and safe affordable housing," she added.

The for key goals of the plan are to:

Create or preserve 20,000 affordable homes by 2016 and increase overall supply

Invest $1 billion from public, private, and philanthropic sources in the production and preservation of affordable housing

Ensure equitable growth for all Atlantans and minimize displacement 

Support innovation and streamline processes

The groundbreaking of Creekside at Adamsville Place will offer 147 units with rental rates affordable to "families with incomes at 30%, 60% and 80% of area median income."

"Although the problem is significant and accelerating in Atlanta, the data suggests we have a window in time to make a difference," said Sarah Kirsch, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute. "

"As our city continues to grow, we want to ensure neighborhoods in the north, south, east, and Westside remain welcoming and inclusive places for all," added Mayor Bottoms.

To learn more about the plan, click here.

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gunnygil

If Kasim Reed and Tyler Perry had not conspired and sold Perry the Fort McPherson property there would have been a huge amount of really decent housing already to move into with a minimum of clean up and on the MARTA system and near downtown. It would have been a boon to housing homeless veterans from all over the southeast and the hospital, pools, and other buildings a boon to the Atlanta VAMC that is so over crowded they can't move in the building in Decatur. Personally I feel there should have been an FBI investigation on the sale of that property to Perry. And his statement about quartering/training Confederate troops is true of any land within the state of Georgia, not just that land which was built and became Fort McPherson under the Union Army placed there to effect the transition from slave to free

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