Est. Together: Annual Report 2018

Our 2018 Annual Report focuses on conversations with neighbors and staff about how FCS is establishing an equitable, mixed-income community in Historic South Atlanta. We invite you to listen in on these key conversations as you build this community with us! Take a look at the full report here.

Joining Together in Innovation

“This is new. And different,” the compliance officer said as I, along with other FCS staff, sat at the closing table with Invest Atlanta. Everyone nodded with understanding… and excitement. For months, we’ve worked with them to discuss ways to deepen our Affordable Rental Home program. They have been tremendously supportive and share a commitment to making a more equitable Atlanta. But this is new.

It’s an oddly common refrain we hear at FCS. Unusual. New. Different. Unconventional. For many we meet, it is our mix of smart development and business principles with a lens of ministry and justice. For others, it’s leaning into our faith as motivation to fix broken places (literally).

MISSION STATEMENT

Focused Community Strategies partners with under-resourced neighborhoods to provide innovative and holistic development that produces flourishing communities where God's Shalom is present.

Efficient or Effective?

Samuel Adams Boston Lager was advertising as the beer that uses the very best hops in the world, grown on a small family farm in Bavaria. According to the commercial, this unique location has the perfect soil conditions, sunlight, climate and moisture to produce spicy, floral, citric hops that gives Sam Adams beer its world-class taste. The commercial ends with a brief printed line: brewed inefficiently.

How odd, I thought. Strange for a brand to market itself as inefficient.

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No Car in Atlanta

Life without a car! That was my goal when I moved here 20 years ago. Countless people told me I was making a mistake; I’d need a car in Atlanta. But I didn’t listen until I actually moved here. My northern, urban mindset wasn’t a match for our wonderful southern city, which was built for the automobile. I lasted all but 3 months without a car before my new found job required me to have one.

Since then - I’ve found myself mostly as a frustrated urbanist struggling to live out my ideals.

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4 Ways to Foster Mixed-Income Community

To help us stay on top of best practices, we keep an eye out for research in community development work. A recent report from the bureau of Housing and Urban Development took a look at a subject near and dear to our hearts here at FCS: mixed-income community dynamics. The researchers observed various mixed-income neighborhoods, coupled with in-depth interviews of residents. We walked away from reading the study with four takeaways for fostering a flourishing mixed-income community.

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