The Good Neighbor Program

The primary mission of The Good Neighbor Program (GNP) is to improve strengthen, and enhance Housing Choice Participants’ ability to be better neighbors through education, self-sufficiency, and community pride. Our goal is to enhance Housing Choice Participants’ knowledge of maintaining safe and peaceful communities and to understand their role as a good neighbor in the community.

About the Good Neighbor Program

It is our mission at the Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence to optimize the life opportunities of children and families in urban communities by ensuring the availability of a prosperous and equitable school environment. We believe that through our work we can create a world where all children have equal access to educational opportunities that prepare them to be academically excellent, culturally competent, and critically conscious.

In line with our mission of the Crim Center, The Good Neighbor Program (GNP) is an interactive educational program focused on family success and community pride. GNP was developed to address the increased number of Atlanta Housing Authority’s Housing Choice Voucher Participants (formerly known as Section 8) living in the city of Atlanta. This programs works towards ensuring safe and sustainable neighborhoods with families working toward community empowerment.

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GNP training is scheduled each Saturday and runs in conjunction with Georgia State University’s (GSU) partnership with the Atlanta Housing Authority. GNP is in its fourth iteration at GSU. In 2012, GSU was awarded another contract with AHA for 5 years with the option to renew each year. The current contract period is August 2012 through August 2017. After completing the Good Neighbor Program, participants evaluate their satisfaction with GNP and the GNP team. Each year for the past 8 years the participant satisfaction rating has been 98-99%.

View the Good Neighbor Program flyer 


The current GNP training includes 5 workshops that participants are required to complete:

  1. Neighborhood Values and Community Pride
  2. Crime Prevention, Family Safety, Safe Neighborhoods, & Conflict Resolution
  3. Parenting Skills and Life Long Learning
  4. Effective Relationships between Tenants and Landlords
  5. Preparing for Self-Sufficiency, Homeownership & Single Family Home Living

For additional information, please contact
Angelique Spruill, Project Director