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.
- 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.