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New Atlanta Housing CEO Eugene Jones Talks Affordability, Partnerships, Section 8 Laws

Atlanta’s new Housing CEO Eugene Jones talked with WABE's Jim Burress about what his first month on the job has been like and various housing issues in the city.
Atlanta’s new Housing CEO Eugene Jones talked with WABE's Jim Burress about what his first month on the job has been like and various housing issues in the city.
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Unlike in some other large U.S. cities, landlords in Atlanta can legally deny an applicant based on how that person pays the rent.

That means that many who rely on housing vouchers, often known as Section 8, find themselves concentrated in parts of the city.

In an interview Monday with WABE’s Jim Burress, Atlanta Housing’s new CEO Eugene Jones stopped short of saying he’ll advocate for a city ordinance to change that. At least right now.

“Once we sit down with the chief of housing, with other people, various people in the city’s planning department, we’ll see if the trends lead us to that,” Jones said. “But right now, I don’t see that.”

Jones was equally tepid on the idea of rent control to stem the trend of higher and higher housing costs.

So what does Jones see as the answers?  To hear the entire interview as heard on Monday’s “All Things Considered,” click the ‘play’ icon above.