Scattered-Site Plans Come Together

Atlanta-based Columbia Residential defies the odds and gives residents sustainable, high-quality housing along with the support and services they may not get elsewhere.

Columbia Residential, an Atlanta-based affordable housing developer, is embarking on a fairly new venture: Building on the award-winning success of its contiguous affordable housing communities, the firm is launching a new scattered-site initiative close to its existing Columbia Mechanicsville (Ga.) property.

Affordable housing has come a long way since the 1930s and ’40s, when America built homogeneous public housing that devolved into centralized crime zones so dangerous that even the police were hesitant to enter. Columbia Residential is one of a few pioneers of a new model of affordable housing, where “projects” are torn down and replaced with beautiful, quality, LEED-certified mixed-income communities.

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