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Executive Director

Phone: (706) ***-****  
Email: s***@***.gov
Athens Area Habitat
532 Barber Street
Athens , Georgia 30601
United States

Company Description: Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is an ecumenical, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the...   more

Employment History

  • Director, Athens Area Habitat
    Athens Area Habitat
  • Construction Manager
  • Small Business Owner, A Construction Manager, A Non-Profit Executive and A Member
    Georgia House of Representatives
  • State Representative House District 118
    Georgia House of Representatives
  • State Representative

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member


  • University of Georgia
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Representative Spencer Frye ..., 17 Dec 2015 [cached]
Representative Spencer Frye (D-Athens) speaks during the 5th Annual Joint Pre-Legislative Luncheon hosted by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Rotary Club and the Classic City Rotary Club at the Athens Country Club on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Athens, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Staff, @ajreynoldsphoto)
Representative Spencer Frye (D-Athens) speaks during the 5th Annual Joint Pre-Legislative Luncheon hosted by the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, the Athens Rotary Club and the Classic City Rotary Club at the Athens Country Club on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, in Athens, Ga. (AJ Reynolds/Staff, @ajreynoldsphoto)
Spencer Frye, the Democratic state representative who serves part of Athens-Clarke County in the state legislature, may be an elected official, but he's also something else, he recognized recently - he's a constituent of Athens-Clarke County's mayor and commission.
And so it was that on Tuesday, as the mayor and commission engaged in the annual process of presenting a legislative wish list for the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session to Frye and his colleagues in the local delegation - Sens.
Regina Quick, R-Athens and Chuck Williams, R-Watkinsville - that Frye turned the tables and presented his own wish list for local initiatives to the mayor and commission.
"All of the people in that room last night have the possibility to make people's lives better," Frye said in Wednesday comments on his gambit, which he said he plans to make an annual part of the meeting between the mayor and the commission and the local legislative delegation for as long as he serves in the state legislature.
Frye said he made his requests, in part, on behalf of people who for whatever reason - time, resources, etc. - might not get the opportunity to directly address their local elected officials.
Frye presented a list of eight suggestions to the mayor and commission on Tuesday, most of them dealing either directly or indirectly with housing issues, a reflection of his work as executive director of Athens Area Habitat for Humanity.
Among his requests to the mayor and commission was to "change local ordinances to prevent the jailing of individuals for quality-of-life code violations. Frye confirmed Wednesday this request was motivated by the lengthy legal wrangling over conditions at the Sharon Circle home of 66-year-old William Orten Carlton.
Better known as Ort, Carlton's love for craft beer, old vinyl records, road trips and radio stations, and his writing on those subjects, has endeared him to many current and former Athens residents. In a series of events that began last year on the basis of neighborhood complaints about a junked car, a tumble-down shed and a messy carport, Carlton was cited for a handful of local ordinance violations and eventually placed on six months' probation, on the condition he bring his property into compliance with local ordinances.
Eventually, as his property remained out of compliance, a probation violation warrant was issued for Carlton. He spent part of two days in jail, and faced the prospect of spending the additional days in the balance of his probation in confinement. Recently, with conditions on the Sharon Circle property improved, that aspect of the case was resolved with a guilty plea from Carlton that included neither jail time nor a fine, but a Superior Court review of the Municipal Court case may be coming.
"If I were the mayor and commission, or was with the county attorney's office, I would be questioning that action," Frye said of the circumstances that led to Carlton's time in jail, calling the situation "a breakdown in communications."
Among his other requests, Frye asked the county press for the handling of ordinance violations like the ones with which Carlton was charged on a more personal basis, with neighbors working out disagreements before the county's Community Protection Division, which cited Carlton based on a neighborhood complaint, gets involved.
"The strongest communities have a great, strong neighborhood fabric," Frye said Wednesday.
Frye also wants the commission to "create policies that encourage accessory dwellings or in-law suites" on residential property, to allow elderly family members to live close to the support of their families. Such polices could, Frye suggested, stall what he sees as a developing crisis in housing for senior citizens.
Frye's other requests include making allowances for smaller residential lot sizes; construction of smaller homes than allowed in the county; establishment of "inclusionary zoning" to require a certain percentage of housing in any new residential development include housing for low- to moderate-income people; charging a nuisance fee to multifamily rental property owners whose tenants make excessive numbers of calls to 911, and validating tenants' claims against landlords "before moving forward with excessive action."
Frye said that, as of Wednesday, he hadn't heard much comment from the mayor and commission regarding his legislative turnabout, though he did get favorable comments from a couple of commissioners as Tuesday's session was breaking up.
Spencer Frye : Executive ..., 20 Oct 2015 [cached]
Spencer Frye : Executive Director
Spencer Frye
Executive Director
Contact us - Habitat for Humanity of Georgia, 11 Mar 2014 [cached]
Spencer Frye, Executive Director
Community Spotlight: Spencer ... [cached]
Community Spotlight: Spencer Frye
In 1999, Spencer Frye promised one year only.
He decided to devote just one year to Habitat for Humanity in Athens as construction manager, believing he wanted to move on to something bigger after that year.
"I didn't realize this was the bigger thing I was going to move on to," said Frye.
Today, Frye is the executive director at Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, but he has done many other things since first coming to Athens in the 1980s for college. He has taught English to Haitians, started an environmental company, started two export companies, became a state representative and became the first construction manager for Habitat for Humanity in Athens in 1999.
Habitat for Humanity focuses on making affordable housing possible. Affordable new homes and rentals, small home repair, and home accessibility are a few things that Habitat works towards. Providing affordable housing opportunities to people within the community not only helps the people living in the homes today, but as well as future generations.
"Yes, affordable housing has a direct impact on a family's life, but you often don't see the lasting impact that is happening afterwards," said Frye.
Athens is also home to two Habitat for Humanity ReStores, which act as donation centers and home improvement stores that sell new and used home goods, furniture, appliances and materials.
"Every dollar that we earn from a donation to a ReStore stays in the Athens community," said Frye.
Frye has a strong devotion to helping Athens. So much so that in addition to being Executive Director Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, he is also a state representative for Athens.
"I feel like I've grown up here. Being able to represent the community I've grown up in and developed a love for has been a great experience. I can take the values I've developed through experiences and culture (in Athens) and translate them to a state level," said Frye.
Spencer is excited about My Athens, and said the photos play a vital part of promoting Athens' developing unique identity and aspects. He believes it provides a way for people to connect with others over their love of Athens outside of the community, all over the state and throughout country and the world.
Spencer Frye for State House ..., 12 Nov 2012 [cached]
Spencer Frye for State House 118
Spencer Frye was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012, representing District 118 (Athens/Winterville) and currently serves as the Executive Director for Athens Habitat for Humanity.
He's also been a small business owner and a construction manager, has helped to export American ambulances overseas, and co-founded Envirotech, a company that began by recapturing recyclable motor oil and which now operates globally.
As a business owner, non-profit director, and now state representative, Spencer Frye has met and worked with folks from all over the community, and successfully balanced the interests of citizens, private enterprise, and government.
His wife Gretchen is an emergency room nurse at Athens Regional, and his kids attend school right here in the district he represents.
An entrepreneur at heart, Spencer is optimistic about the future, about what can be accomplished with the right vision and a little shoe leather. That's why he's worked to see common-sense changes made, such as...
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