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Nonprofit buys, fixes South Atlanta homes to ‘stabilize area’

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Most recent dwelling on the market for $130K; down payment, closing cost assistance available

With homeownership costs continually on the rise, a nonprofit organization that buys and fixes up homes in South Atlanta wants to keep dwellings in the area affordable — and they're putting their listings where their heart is.

Leaders say it's an effort to "help stabilize the area, which has historically seen a high foreclosure rate."

Focused Community Strategies recently pointed Curbed Atlanta to one such property at 1296 Marcy St. SE, south of Turner Field.

The 1,194-square-foot, three bedroom, one bathroom dwelling has a wraparound "rocking chair" front porch, hardwood floors, off-street parking, and is located within walking distance to the Atlanta Beltline's future Southside Trail, a coffee shop, and market.

Those interested may be eligible for homebuyer assistance programs that help with a down payment and closing costs, officials said.

According to its website, Focused Community Strategies aims to "align with local leadership to bring partners and programs into the community ... (which) look to empower, unify and strengthen neighborhoods."