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Cumming City Council approves resolution that could bring cheaper housing options
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A new city of Cumming partnership could help bring cheaper housing options to the area.

At a special called meeting on Monday, Mayor Troy Brumbalow read a resolution, which was approved by the Cumming City Council, that the city would “explore opportunities for revitalization through development and encourage development of community housing opportunities” within the city and working with the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing toward those goals.

In the resolution, Brumbalow said the local housing inventory had seen a “dramatic increase in prices” in recent years, housing in the city was generally built before the growth of the area and city officials believed a variety of housing was “important to the overall economic development of a strong and vibrant community.”

Amid rising housing prices in recent years, affordable housing has become a debated point in the county and city, particularly as some conflate affordable housing with government-funded or subsidized housing.

There has been a push among some local leaders to look at options for housing that would be more affordable to those in careers such as public safety or teaching or those looking for a first home who may not be able to otherwise afford one in the area.

More recently, the county’s lack of affordable housing options became a touchpoint when Orchard Apartments, a complex for low-income senior citizens, appeared in jeopardy to make way for an ambitious mixed-use development. Residents of the complex feared they’d have to move out of the county to find something as affordable as the $300 to $600 monthly rent they pay at Orchard.

The property owners eventually decided not to include the apartments, but the situation underscored the lack of affordable housing options.