Office of Planning & Program Operations

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We promote the development of affordable housing and community development activities City wide. Our office provides oversight and project management for development contracts, affordable housing programs, public services contracts, down payment assistance and economic development related initiatives. The Office works with both public and private partners to improve the lives of residents in highly distressed and under-invested communities by encouraging investment in communities of opportunity. We provide financing for affordable housing developments, support for neighborhood-based commercial developments, and design/implement strategies to retain legacy residents. 

Mission: To promote the development of affordable housing and community development priorities through data driven investments City-wide. Our main goal to provide stewardship over federal resources that advance the City's affordable housing goals.

Vision: To support programs and projects that help to stabilize neighborhoods, produce high quality affordable housing stock, and uplift people and places we serve.                                         

The city of Atlanta is the recipient of four (4) annual entitlement grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These grants are: The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG); Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Home Investment Partnership program (HOME); and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. This office is directly responsible for implementing the strategic priorities outlined in the HUD 5 year Consolidated Plan.   

FY2020 – 2024 Consolidated Plan Priorities

 Affordable Housing Supply and Support
Safe, Sanitary, and Low-Barrier Housing and Supportive Services for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Economic Development and Small Business Incentives
Assistance for currently homeless persons and families
Public Facilities, Facility Improvements, and Public Infrastructure
 Blight Reduction and Neighborhood Cleanup
Public Services - job training &employment assistance, youth/senior-focused activities, health & substance abuse services,
Fair Housing, Housing Counseling, and Legal Services 


Office of Planning & Program Operations Leadership Team

Name Email Address  Phone Number 

Christina Cummings, Director  (404) 865-8443 

 December Thompson, Grant Services Manager

(404) 546-1856


Denise Zeigler, Assistant Grants Manager

 John Armour, Assistant Grants Manager  

(404) 330-6609

 Melissa Edwards, Assistant Grants Manager  

(404) 330-6407

 Electronic Payment Submission Process

In an effort to continue to process pay request timely for all federal programs, we ask that ALL project sponsors, vendors, developers, and or sub-recipients use the departmental centralized payment email box

Please see the following resources for access to documents and training materials that will assist you in submitting your pay request timely. As a friendly reminder, pay request are due to the City on or before the 15th of each month. While we are greatly reducing the amount of documents that are needed to process your monthly pay request, agencies are expected to maintain ALL supporting documentation in your project files for compliance purposes.  Please ensure that you only remit payment requests for expenditures that you have supporting documentation to substantiate. Failure to maintain supporting documentation could render expenses unallowable and require your agency to repay the City.  All supporting documentation must be made available to the City at anytime for audit and compliance purposes.     

HOPWA  - Excel Workbook  |  HOPWA Training Guide 

Please be sure to reach out to your project manager for support in using our new tools and forms!

We are currently developing new and updated workbooks for each federal program so please be patient with us. 


City Employees should communicate via email with your immediate supervisors to get work assignments, conduct virtual meetings and continue to process work through the City of Atlanta systems. 

The Department of Grants and Community Development is committed to ensuring the safety of our employees and residents. We have prepared an emergency response plan to the COVID-19 pandemic and are taking every precaution to ensure that we prioritize the safety and wellness of the people we serve.  We do not anticipate any interruptions in essential services to our clients. During this time, please make every attempt to communicate with our staff by email so that we can continue to service you.  The Department of Grants and Community Development is following the larger City response to the COVID-19 situation.

Please check the City of Atlanta's response page to get the latest information.     

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