On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the City of Atlanta and the Westside Future Fund announced the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund program. The Fund is meant to combat potential displacement due to new developments on the Westside of Atlanta. This initiative will pay qualifying homeowners' property tax increases for the next 20 years in the following neighborhoods:
Participants of the program are not required to pay back any money given by the fund. Payments begin in 2018 and applicants must apply annually.
The Westside Future Fund serves the above Westside communities. Learn more about this nonprofit on their website!
To be eligible for participation in the program, the following requirements must be met:
DSSG Fellows from Georgia State University, Spelman College, Duke University, the University of Tennessee, Stony Brook University, and Georgia Tech participated in the Data Science for Social Good Program at The Georgia Institute of Technology for the summer of 2017. Fellows worked in collaboration with westside- based community partners and were advised by Dr. Ellen Zegura and Dr. Amanda Meng of the School of Computer Science at Georgia Tech. Students used public sources such as Fulton County Board of Assessors data, US Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey data, Zillow estimated rent data, and lein data from Georgia Superior Court Clerk’s Cooperative Authority data to determine eligibility for owner occupants in the neighborhoods that the Westside Future Fund serves. Creating a tool for the Westside Future Fund target-communities to access was the primary goal for the summer.
Community members can use this website as a way to view their current eligibility for the program if they are unsure of whether or not they meet the listed requirements.Our predictions of eligibility are our best estimates and have been rigorously tested; however, we greatly encourage residents to verify and certify our estimates for eligibility.
We believe that making informed decisions is important, this tool is simply a platform for keeping community members informed.
- DSSG Fellows
Check out the student interns who made this possible :)