Secure Neighborhoods

Increasing police visibility not only deters crime, but also improves the community's perception of safety.  Both play a vital role in stabilizing Atlanta neighborhoods and creating a safer place to live.

The goal of the Secure Neighborhoods Initiative is to improve public safety by placing police in Atlanta neighborhoods through housing opportunities. The initiative offers sworn police officers—who are committed to living in the communities they protect and serve—affordable options, incentives to stay and clear pathways to homeownership. As individuals from the police department become pillars in their communities, it increases the neighborhood's stability and overall security.

 City-wide Cash Incentive

Atlanta Police Foundation (APF) launched the City-wide Cash Incentive in January 2011 to increase the visibility of Atlanta police officers in the city. The APF provides monetary incentives for sworn Atlanta Police Department (APD) officers to live within the city limits. Renters and owners are equally eligible for a one-time $1000 bonus. APF has partnered with the following neighborhood organizations who have contributed additional funds for officers in their areas:

  • Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) Relocation and Retention
  • Midtown Improvement District (MID)
  • Buckhead Community Improvement District (BCID)
  • Buckhead Coalition

Thanks to the support of donors, partners, and community stakeholders, the program funded nearly $40,000 in relocation bonus incentives in 2014 and engaged more than 55 officers to participate in the program and live in the city. 

APD: To apply for your one-time bonus, please complete the application on the right-hand side of this page. Program details are described in the Terms and Conditions.

Pathways to Homeownership

Learning from existing public servant and affordable housing programs administered by the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and Invest Atlanta, APF has developed pathways to homeownership for the men and women of the APD.

In partnership with the City of Atlanta Office of Housing (OOH), the Fulton County/City of Atlanta Land Bank Authority, Invest Atlanta, PulteGroup, the Arthur M. Blank FoundationAtlanta Habitat for Humanity, Friends of English Avenue and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Atlanta Police Foundation acquires and rehabilitates homes in target neighborhoods throughout the city. Once renovated, the homes are sold to eligible APD officers.  Participating officers are eligible for down payment and equity incentives to purchase the home, along with monthly cash grants in exchange for their engagement in the communities they reside.

Recruit Housing

The next phase of the Secure Neighborhoods Initiative involves identifying housing for new police recruits. Check back later this year for updates.


Contact Us

For more information, please contact Ashley Wilson, Program Manager, at [email protected] or 404.586.0180.

You can submit sensitive documents through our secure fax line at 404.220.7581.


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