Atlanta Habitat In the News


This Life with Gracie: Thanks to Habitat, another family is home for the holidays

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Next week, Jamilah Najeeullah will sit down to a table surrounded by family and spread with a large turkey, turnip greens, dressing and all the trimmings that make Thanksgiving Day special.

And in keeping with family tradition, she and nearly 20 others will take their turn at reciting the thing for which they are most grateful.

For 64-year-old Najeeullah, this Habitat home, the first she has ever owned, wins hands down. Read Article

How many aluminum cans does it take to build a home?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Medley’s home is the first that Novelis hopes to help build on the Westside over the next few years using the proceeds from the sale of aluminum cans collected at Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United games. Every three million cans and bottles collected is the equivalent of $80,000, the cost of Medley’s home. Read Article 

SunTrust Bank Partners with Atlanta Habitat for First Golf Tournament May 22nd

Metro Atlanta CEO, May 2, 2017

ATLANTA - Registration is now underway for the SunTrust Bank Enterprise Data Organization Golf Tournament benefiting Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. SunTrust EDO will host the event, a first for Atlanta Habitat, at Golf Club of Georgia in Alpharetta from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, May 22.

Amateurs, professionals and all those who fall in the middle are invited to give their best shot to support Atlanta Habitat’s expanded mission, which empowers working families and transforms neighborhoods. Read Article

U.S. Veteran and Wife to Own First Habitat Home 

WXIA, May 2, 2017

ATLANTA - "This was a labor of love and I figured they didn't have to do it, but they did it because God laid it on their heart."

Richard Stubbs said he is grateful to the volunteers who have taken the time to build he and his wife, Valeria, their very first home. Read Article

200+ Wells Fargo employees volunteer for Super Saturday

CBS46, April 22, 2017

ATLANTA– More than 200 Wells Fargo employees rolled up their sleeves to work with twelve nonprofit organizations in Atlanta.

The volunteer efforts were in conjunction with "Super Saturday," a volunteer initiative in the southeast region. Read Article

Mayor Kasim Reed Announces New Anti-Displacement Tax Fund Program 

City of Atlanta, April 12, 2017

ATLANTA– Mayor Kasim Reed announced today that the City of Atlanta is partnering with the Westside Future Fund to launch the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund Program, an initiative which will pay any property tax increases for qualifying homeowners in the English Avenue, Vine City, Ashview Heights and Atlanta University Center communities. The new program is designed to help ensure that current homeowners are not displaced due to rising property values as public and private investments are made in these neighborhoods.  Read Article

Atlanta Habitat goes beyond its borders to build In Dominican Republic April 1

Atlanta Daily World, April 1, 2017

ATLANTA–  Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and a crew of dedicated volunteers are heading to the Dominican Republic to sponsor the organization’s first Global Village build project, April 1-9. Read Article

Atlanta Habitat honored with Distinguished Affiliate Award at HFHI Global Conference

Atlanta Daily World, March 29, 2017

ATLANTA–  Atlanta Habitat for Humanity is being recognized for its work as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. The organization is one of 23 Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) affiliates to be selected as an “Affiliate of Distinction.” Read Article

Cox Enterprises' #TeamCox Completes Construction on their 24th and 25th homes in Partnership with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

 March 17, 2017

ATLANTA–  On Saturday, March 11, in partnership with Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, Cox Enterprises’ #TeamCox completed construction on their 24th and 25th homes. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization that operates with a vision of building stability and self-reliance for individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable home. Read Article

Team Clark Howard, MailChimp and Atlanta Habitat help new homebuyers achieve major milestone

Atlanta Daily World, February 25, 2017

ATLANTA–  Things are looking up for three new Atlanta Habitat for Humanity homebuyers following their house dedications on February 25, 2017. Read Article

PAINT - 17th South - Authentic Living in the Heart of Atlanta

February 23, 2017

ATLANTA–  Throwing a fresh coat of paint on furniture, walls or room accessories instantly brightens the environment, says Karen Cooper, a self-proclaimed “recovering lawyer” who teaches DIY classes at the Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Restore in Reynoldstown and advises many intown neighborhood readers through her blog, If painting an entire room seems overwhelming, try an accent wall, she suggests. Spring in general is the perfect time to paint because you can open windows to ventilate or spray pieces outside. “Spray paint won’t adhere to surfaces when it’s too cool, windy or damp, so once you hit spring, you can do those kinds of projects,” Cooper explains, adding that she collects items to spray paint and gets started in spring. Read Article

Clark Howard builds Atlanta Habitat for Humanity homes for families

WSB, February 20, 2017

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‘Lost Boy’ now a man on Thin Blue Line 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 17, 2017

ATLANTA– If ever there was a guy you’d want to root for, it’s Jacob Mach, ardent survivor, eternal optimist, rookie cop. Read Article

Atlanta Habitat keeps housing affordable for local families

WSB, January 24, 2017

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Atlanta Habitat President and CEO Lisa Y. Gordon Appointed NAPA Fellow

Metro Atlanta CEO, January 5, 2017

ATLANTA– The National Academy of Public Administrators welcomes Atlanta Habitat President and CEO Lisa Y. Gordon and 49 other leaders from around the nation to its 2016 class of Fellows. The Washington D.C.-based Academy is an independent, non-profit organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to provide non-partisan advice to government leaders at all levels. The Academy’s 800+ Fellows — including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators — provide broad experience and deep expertise on key public management issues to government agencies as directed by Congress and the executive branch. Read Article


Veterans Build Hope with Wounded Warrior Project

Health Technology Net, December 22, 2016 

ATLANTA – A group of injured veterans served by Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) recently joined Atlanta Habitat for Humanity and volunteers from the local community to build a home for a family in need. Participants got to see the finished product and even had the opportunity to meet the future homeowner. Read Article

Novelis pledges $1 million donation to Habitat for Humanity to celebrate fifth anniversary of One Novelis Volunteer Month

October 28, 2016 

ATLANTA, Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Novelis, a global producer of aluminum rolled products and recycler of aluminum, pledged to donate $1 million to Habitat for Humanity over the next five years in honor of the company's fifth annual "One Novelis Volunteer Month" during October, when Novelis employees around the world join together to serve the communities they call home. The pledge, which represents a 100 percent increase over Novelis' financial contribution to Habitat for Humanity during the previous five years, continues Novelis' support of Habitat for Humanity's mission to build a world where everyone lives in a decent, safe and affordable home. Read Article

Alanta Falcons and Novelis Launch ‘Recycle for Good’ Campaign

Recycling Today,  Jul 28, 2016 

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta-based Novelis have launched Recycle for Good, a campaign challenging Falcons fans to recycle 3 million aluminum cans throughout the 2016 football season. Read Article

Together, we can 'Recycle for Good'

Novelis Blog, July, 2016

ATLANTA—Every year, more than $70 million worth of aluminum ends up in Georgia landfills. And across the U.S., unrecycled aluminum accounts for more than $1.5 billion worth of waste, unnecessarily filling up landfills. Read Article

From to "Starting Over" to Successful Employment: Donald's Story

Boddy Dodd Institute, July, 2016

ATLANTA—Imagine spending two decades building a successful career -- developing skills, making connections, pursuing promotions -- and then suddenly having to start over from scratch. Read Article

Award given at July 1 PA Convocation, where 96 new MPAs received their Maxwell degrees

Maxwell News, July, 2016

SYRACUSE, NY—Lisa Gordon ’90 MPA gave the Convocation Address. She is CEO and president of Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, and former vice president and COO for the urban redevelopment organization Atlanta Beltline Inc. “Embrace your talents, embrace excellence, and embrace your purpose for making a difference in public service,” she advised the graduates. “When developing public policy, remember the humanity of the people you serve,” she also said, and added, “Be an ambassador for the Office of Reasonable Exception when policy or practices are not working.”  Read Article

Atlanta Habitat President & CEO Lisa Y. Gordon chats with Clark Howard on AM 750 WSB

WSB Radio AM 750, January 16, 2016

ATLANTA—Atlanta Habitat President & CEO Lisa Y. Gordon chatted with Clark Howard on AM 750 WSB radio last January at the Clark Howard build site.  Listen to her interview.

Habitat home honoring Pope Francis dedicated in Atlanta

The Georgia Bulletin, February 5, 2016

ATLANTA—In honor of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, Atlanta Catholics and other volunteers dedicated eight Saturdays to build a Habitat for Humanity home for a mother and daughter.  Read Article

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity dedicates "Pope Francis House"

Fox 5 News, January 30, 2016

Atlanta, GA - In November 2015, Atlanta Habitat for Humanity began constructing a home honoring Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Roman Catholic Church in November 2015. The house was built over seven Saturdays with help from partners and volunteers from 19 Atlanta organizations.  Read Article ›

Archbishop to bless Habitat house built in honor of Pope Francis

Atlanta Journal-Constitution, January 29, 2016

Atlanta, GA - Pope Francis may be in Rome, but his influence will be strongly felt in one Atlanta home. Read Article ›

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