Top Accomplishments of 2013


  • Worked with the board, campaign cabinet, and our consultants to raise over $11. 4 million toward our $12 million capital campaign, It Starts At Home.
  • Formally broke ground on our new, permanent headquarters and Family Support Center in Reynoldstown.  By year end, 42% of the construction had been completed.   
  • Chosen as host affiliate for Habitat International’s 800,000th house celebration.  Board members from HFHI raised walls symbolizing the 800,000th house built globally.
  • Retained the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the sixth year in a row. This rating reflects our commitment to sound fiscal management.
  • Celebrated our 30th anniversary as a leader in affordable housing and serving working families.


  • Continued to use the 2008–2014 Strategic Plan as the blueprint governing our organization’s work. Board and staff worked together to adjust the plan for an additional year.


  • At year’s end, serviced more than 1,000 loan packages, ensuring that all of the property taxes, sanitation fees, property insurance, and termite bonds were paid by the Atlanta Habitat families.


  • Approved 61 new families, including 20 individuals who were reapplying from prior years.
  • Provided 109 HomeSmart classes to more than 210 homeowner families.
  • Distributed 44 computers to homeowners through the technology program, bringing the total number of computers distributed through this program to nearly 500.


  • Forty-five families completed their sweat-equity and education classes and purchased their home following their required lease year.   
  • Administered down payment assistance grants for new homeowners – Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) grants ($184,500) and Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) grants ($190,000).  


  • Raised $1.8 million from individuals, corporations, faith-based groups and foundations; secured in-kind donations worth more than $360,000; and raised more than $2,561,000 in house sponsorship revenue. 
  • Partnered with 161 sponsor groups to build 40 new homes, rehab 5, and manage 10 Brush with Kindness projects.
  • Celebrated Clark Howard’s 50th house built with Habitat for Humanity; Partnered with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to refurbish 10 homes (Brush with Kindness) in the English Avenue neighborhood.
  • Engaged almost 12,700 volunteers in our construction, warehouse, Family Services, ReStore, and office operations.  Additionally, 2012-13 service corps members contributed over 11,700 hours.


  • Surpassed our goal of 3,000 fans following us on Facebook.
  • Launched Instagram and Twitter accounts to highlight Atlanta Habitat activities, events and sponsors.


  • Followed our safety policy and plan, resulting in one of the safest years on record for our staff. 
  • Acquired 52 lots, including the Howard’s Point subdivision, which will have 13 buildable lots.
  • Implemented new three-bedroom, two-bath house plans that are cost-effective to build and meet the standards of existing Atlanta Habitat floor plans.  All new houses built in 2013 had two baths.


  • Posted a year-end net surplus in excess of $455,000, exceeding our goal for 2013.
  • Diverted hundreds of tons of materials from the landfill in 2013, bringing the total amount to more than 6,500 tons since the ReStore opened in 2001.
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