Housing & Neighborhood Planning Resources
Some of the community’s most pressing issues are related to housing—that’s why many of our community development priorities focus on expanding quality affordable housing options and supporting neighborhood revitalization. In support of these efforts, the City of Thomasville provides staff assistance to the local chapter of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) and to the Thomasville-Thomas County Land Bank Authority.
Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH)
The Thomasville GICH team members support a common mission and vision to develop locally driven housing and revitalization strategies that will improve the quality of life and economic vitality of our community. Thomasville was one of the first communities in the state to complete the GICH program and maintains eligibility for competitive advantages afforded to certified GICH alumni communities through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Thomasville’s GICH Alumni Certification was most recently renewed in March 2022.
GICH Letter of Support
The GICH Team provides clear guidelines for LIHTC developers who would like to be considered for the Thomasville GICH Letter of Support. Requests for the GICH Letter of Support shall be submitted to the City of Thomasville Planning Department no later than 5:00pm on Friday, March 10, 2023.
GICH Community Housing Plan
The GICH Team developed a Community Housing Plan while participating in the GICH program and regularly updates the plan to reflect current community development goals and objectives. The plan also serves and complements the Comprehensive Plan’s housing and neighborhood revitalization strategies.
Thomasville-Thomas County Land Bank Authority
The Land Bank is a public entity authorized by state law and created pursuant to an intergovernmental contract between Thomas County and the City of Thomasville. The Land Bank was established “to acquire tax delinquent properties, surplus properties of the local governments, and other properties in order to foster the public purpose of returning land which is in a nonrevenue-generating, nontax-producing status to an effective utilization status in order to provide affordable housing, new industry, and jobs for the citizens of Thomasville and Thomas County.”