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Shelena HawkinsShelena Hawkins, Director

230 S. Jackson Street, Suite 315
Albany, Georgia 31701
Phone: (229) 483-7650
Fax: 229-430-2737

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Shelena Hawkins, a native of Camden County, GA has served as the Director since March 2014. She has also served as the Deputy Director and Senior Planner. Before coming to DCED, Shelena started her professional career in 2004 as a City Planner with the City of Albany, Planning Department. Currently, Shelena holds both an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Albany State University. She has extensive experience in working with public and private stakeholder groups, land use development, community planning, and enforcement of local, state and federal regulatory requirements.

Mission Statement

The City of Albany delivers fiscally responsible, highly dependable services to the citizens in the community and the region with integrity and professionalism.

Department Description

The City of Albany, Georgia is an entitlement community that is responsible for administering the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Housing Investment Partnership Program (HOME) programs. Eligible activities must meet one of HUD's National Objectives:  (1) Benefit low and moderate income persons,  (2) Aid in the prevention or elimination of slums and blight; or (3) Address an urgent need such as a serious and immediate threat to the health or welfare of the community.

CDBG Funding may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • Acquisition of real property
  • Rehabilitation of residential structures
  • Commercial façade improvements
  • Construction of public facilities and infrastructure improvements
  • Public services
  • Economic development activities

HOME Funding may be used for activities which include, but are not limited to:

  • New Construction of Housing
  • Rehabilitation of Housing
  • Conversion for Housing
  • Site Improvements (on-site)
  • Relocation Costs
  • Refinancing
  • Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

CDBG and HOME Funding is targeted primarily to three strategic planning areas within the City: 

  • Enterprise Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area
  • South Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Area
  • East Albany Local Target Area

 Clink the link below to view a map of the three strategic planning areas:

 Enterprise Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas





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