“Within the next two months, the rent is going to go up twice what we’re paying now.”

Tynesha, Atlanta, GA

Atlanta lacks rent control. “Within the next two months, the rent is going to go up twice what we’re paying now. All because it’s close to the stadium and the Atlanta Beltline,” says Tynesha, a long-time local resident. “It’s really becoming gentrified. They’re really trying to push us out by raising up the rent, knowing there’s a lot of people [on] fixed incomes or low-income. So they can bring people in, like the students of Georgia State, different people paying more to live closer to the city so they can access schools and other businesses. The new owners came in and said they can get a higher price. They’re trying to make it as unaffordable as possible.” 

“I know somebody right now that lost their apartment and now they’re literally living on the streets,” she continues. “They have women and children’s shelters, but those are crowded, you have to get transportation, referrals. If you don’t have family you can go to stay with, you’ll pretty much be out on the street.”  

Tynesha was forced to move out of a previous apartment, after losing her job because of health problems. At first, she and her three children stayed with relatives. She moved into her current unit when her disability started, but so far, her rent has already increased by $100, and will soon double. She has been on the Section 8 waitlist, which has 30,000 people, for over a year; “I’m praying every day for it.”