Category: Housing

Bigger Vision: Not Just The Name of a Shelter

For Andrew Wilkin, executive director at Bigger Vision Community Shelter, there is no such thing as a homeless person. These words, this philosophy, is one that carries through all those who come to Bigger Vision. “I think the most important thing people need to understand is that there is no such thing as a homeless…

Local Organizations See Need for Affordable Housing in Area

Over the past few years, affordable housing in the Athens-Clarke County area has become more scarce for low-income families, said the employees of two local organizations. Jocelyn Crumpton, shelter coordinator of the Athens Area Homeless Shelter, and Spencer Frye, state representative for Georgia House District 118 and executive director of the Athens Habitat for Humanity,…

Athens-Clarke County Sees Increase in Single-Family Housing Permits

During the housing boom of the mid-2000s, Athens-Clarke County received hundreds of single-family new construction permits yearly. As the housing crisis swept the nation, these numbers dropped drastically to levels below 100. Now, over the course of the past couple of years, the county has seen an increase in these permits yet again, and as…

Athens’ Senior Living Facilities Adapt To Increasing Elderly Population

As the elderly population continues to grow rapidly, finding affordable and accessible housing for this demographic has become a prominent issue. In Georgia, the older population is expected to make up 65.5 percent of the total population by 2030, according to the American Association of Retired Persons. One of the government agencies that directly deals…

When One Bus Door Opens, Another Closes: Athens Transit Reroute Benefits Some, Inconveniences Others

The Athens Transit System, otherwise known as “The Bus,” has undergone marked changes to 10 of its 20 routes as of July 1 this past summer. These adjustments were made with the intention to expand ridership, increase cost-effectiveness and decrease the length of wait times at hundreds of bus stops throughout the city, according to the…