Top Accomplishments of 2015


  • Completed Phase II of the El Salvador Project – Los Buenos Community with 14 new houses and 10 renovations. (Phase I included 40 new houses).
  • Completed the Howard Point neighborhood, now with 13 new homes on Clark Howard Lane, named for Clark and Lane Howard.
  • Began work on a new Strategic Plan that will guide our work for the next five years, starting in 2016.
  • Partnered with Warrick Dunn Charities for the 14th consecutive year. Three Atlanta Habitat families received down payment assistance and furnishings for their homes through this partnership.
  • Completed the eighth Atlanta Women's Build home, raising more than $20,000 over the goal.
  • Launched new Atlanta Habitat website in October with responsive web design and improved navigation and content.


  • Successfully created a $3 million endowment fund to help support Atlanta Habitat for the future.
  • Serviced more than 1,045 loan packages, ensuring that all property taxes, sanitation fees, property insurance, and termite bonds were paid by families.
  • Processed the successful mortgage payoff of 21 homeowners.
  • Implemented an online payment option that allows homeowners to pay their mortgages directly from their bank through a portal on our website.


  • Approved 58 new families. 16 families were on the 2016 build schedule as of 12/31/15.
  • Provided 117 HomeSmart classes attended by 760 participants.
  • Distributed 72 new laptop computers to homeowners through the technology program, bringing the total computers distributed through the program to 660.


  • Forty-two families completed their sweat-equity and education classes and purchased their home following their required occupancy lease year.
  • Administered down payment assistance grants for new homeowners – Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) grants totaling $335,000. 


  • Raised more than $1.2 million in donations, secured in-kind donations worth more than $416,000, and raised over $3.3 million in house sponsorship revenue.
  • Partnered with 230 unique sponsor groups, including 51 new sponsors.
  • Doubled private foundation giving over any previous year.
  • Engaged 13,676 volunteers in our construction, warehouse, Family Services, ReStore and office operations, saving Atlanta Habitat more than $3.1 million in labor costs.
  • Awarded over $103,000 in grant funds for the Faith and Community Partnership Fund, allowing 39 diverse congregations and faith organizations to partner together to build seven new homes.

Communications & Marketing

  • Total web sessions were up 53% to 237,872 sessions. Total users increased by 37% -- to 148,750. 
  • Launched ATL ReStore app. Provides new arrivals, loyalty points, weekly specials, coupons, and volunteer and donation information.
  • Acquired 2,201 new Facebook fans, ending 2015 with 7,149 Facebook fans and surpassing the goal of 6,500.
  • Recorded 22,259 total YouTube video views, exceeding goal of 5,000 total views. 
  • Ended the year with 1,302 Instagram followers, surpassing the goal of 1,000.


  • Constructed 46 new homes, rehabbed two Habitat II’s, completed one Repair With Kindness pilot project, started one Rehab pilot and oversaw 14 Brush With Kindness projects.
  • Acquired 57 lots, oversaw demolition of 25 structures, and sold eight non-strategic lots.
  • Continued implementation of our safety policy and plan.


  • Posted a year-end net surplus in excess of $625,000 - exceeding our goal for 2015.
  • Diverted hundreds of tons of materials from the landfill, bringing the total amount to more than 8,500 tons since the ReStore opened in 2001.

Service Corps

  • Maintained and managed HFHI AmeriCorps/ VISTA, Quaker Voluntary Service, and Episcopal Road Fellow service corps programs, with seven members contributing 11,240 service hours and leveraging 10,626 volunteers.