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ABOUT OPEN DOORS

In 2012, a group of leading real estate professionals in Atlanta founded the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC). AREC’s goal was to create innovative solutions to the problem of homelessness. In studying the issue, AREC board members zeroed in on a faulty housing dynamic: People who desperately needed housing and property owners who badly needed tenants often failed to get together.

After more analysis, it was clear that legal, financial, and perception barriers about the homeless made some property owners hesitate. Unfortunately, the owners’ reluctance left vulnerable families and veterans “out in the cold.”

To overcome barriers – one by one if necessary – AREC created a new action-oriented program called Open Doors. Its mission was “making connections to bring people home.” The new program found innovative ways to reduce obstacles and to bring both parties together. Whether owners needed help to negotiate fair housing requirements or wanted concrete assurance that renters could pay, Open Doors and their nonprofit service provider partners provided the answers. Along the way, Open Doors also improved
lives and boosted bottom-lines — a combination that worked. Just four years later, Open Doors has facilitated housing for more than 4,000 residents.

WE BLEW AWAY THE GOAL OF 500 PLACEMENTS FOR 2016!

Veteran w/ family members52
Veteran individual190
Non-vet w/ family members206
Non-vet individual164
Total Households Housed612
Total # of Veterans244
Total # in families w/ kids660
Total Individuals (no kids)345
Total People Housed1005

Board Bios and Photos Coming Soon!

Board Officers
Aaron Goldman, Chair
Sara Haas, Secretary
Kelley Henderson, Treasurer

Board Members
Richard Berman
Shea Cambell
Brett Finkelstein
Robert LaChapelle
Marc Lefar
Dave Loeffel
Jake Maguire
John Marti
Lee McComb
Sonny Morris
Ed Powers
Matt Shulman
Paul Vetter

Matt Hurd, Executive Director
Matt@opendoorsatl.org

Kim Wolfe, Development Director
Kim@opendoorsatl.org

John Jefferson, Property Coordinator
John@opendoorsatl.org

Luis Martinez, Program Coordinator
Luis@opendoorsatl.org

Cheryl Moye, Program Navigator
Cheryl@opendoorsatl.org

Carlos Simmons, Property Navigator
Carlos@opendoorsatl.org

OUR SPONSORS:

Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC), a group of private individuals with extensive real estate experience, has housed over 2,000 individuals in approximately 1,300 apartment units in just over two years. AREC connects property owners and managers to the Open Doors team, assisting with recruitment and education of affordable properties.

Click here for more information about AREC…

Enterprise Community Partners serves as the fiscal sponsor for Open Doors. Enterprise provides ongoing program support through research, process development, marketing and data analysis. Enterprise has invested $163 million in grants, loans and equity, which leverage almost $577 million in total development cost to create or preserve 8,500 affordable units in the Metro Atlanta Region.

Click here for more information about ECP…

OUR PROCESS: