Meshell North is stuck.
A lifelong Atlanta resident, information technology worker and grandmother of four, North resides in an apartment on the city’s northwest side. She’d like to move into a house, but the prices stand out of her reach.
As in many other cities across the nation, Atlanta’s housing costs are rising fast, so much so that many middle- and lower-income residents are forced to leave because they can’t keep up with them. The problem has reached such a crisis level here that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) pledged $1 billion toward creating or preserving 20,000 affordable housing units by 2026, with half the money from public funds and half from private.