Choice Neighborhood Transformation Plan for a Community in Albany, Georgia

At a Glance:

Location: Albany, Georgia

Date: 2012

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Humane Housing, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: affordable housing, food access, parks, neighborhood safety, belonging and civic muscle, traffic safety, employment, meaningful work and wealth, housing, complete communities

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Children and Youth, People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Primary research, Qualitative research, Literature review

Community Types: urban

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The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at the Georgia Institute of Technology, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) of the redevelopment of McIntosh Homes, a public housing project in Albany, Georgia. The redevelopment plan for McIntosh Homes was developed by the Albany Housing Authority (AHA) through a grant provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Choice Neighborhood Program. The HIA provided AHA with additional data, resources, stakeholder input, and recommendations to consider health in a more explicit way. The report recommended improving the Albany Housing Authority, including developing more nonprofit community health facilities, putting smoke-free policies in place for properties, and creating a community garden.


As a result of the HIA, a health center was established in the adjacent high school and the Albany Housing Authority put a smoke-free policy in place inside all public housing apartments.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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