Newsletter: Winter 2021

By December 21, 2021 January 3rd, 2022 Newsletter

Letter from Matt: Open Doors Supporters

The last two years have been a difficult period for our community, nation, and world on a historic level. As we reach the end of 2021, and hopefully cross over into a period of recovery, we can also celebrate the good happening in our community. Open Doors has grown, we’ve proved our model works. In a red-hot rental market with units filling fast and rents rising, our navigators and over 100 nonprofit agency partners have met the challenge and housed over 1,200 people this year. Concurrently, our property portfolio has grown to over 120 management companies representing over 400 multifamily communities.

With so much progress to report, you might be wondering what’s next for Open Doors? Our team is never one to sit still for too long, especially when the need for housing is so great. We’re starting a dynamic and ambitious campaign and strategic plan – both designed to support the regional mission of making homelessness brief, rare, and non-recurring while expanding our scope to help welcome home anyone living in housing insecurity. In the beginning of 2022, we’ll share more about this next phase and invite you to partner with us in meeting the challenge to “Open More Doors.”

As the year draws to an end, our entire team wants you to know that we are so thankful for your support and encouragement. We couldn’t do our important work without YOU – our partners, stakeholders, and allies. Thank you for helping us make our Atlanta region an amazing place for all people to live, work, and thrive.

Rental Relief Fairs

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With the eviction moratorium ending, Open Doors is beginning to see evictions increasing substantially across the Metro Atlanta region. The federal government passed the CARES Act to help support those who fell behind on rent during the pandemic. As of early November, Open Doors and our partners noted that less than 10% of this rental relief funding had made it into the hands of those needing it most. We recognized that our property partners needed help in getting tenants to navigate and apply for this funding. With a goal of supporting our partners and preventing homelessness, Open Doors launched Rental Relief Fairs. Our property navigators used their skills to cut through a sometimes confusing and burdensome application processes. We helped nearly 100 households apply for much needed help during our first four Rental Relief Fairs. We will continue to host the Rental Relief Fairs throughout December and into the new year as we work to help everyone stay housed and home for the holidays.

Donor Spotlight: Berkadia

with Russ Hardy, Berkadia Broker

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Berkadia has been an Open Doors supporter since before Open Doors was a stand-alone non-profit. Berkadia has maintained 1-2 seats on the Board of Directors and has been instrumental in Open Doors’ property engagement program. As one of the top performing offices for Berkadia, Berkadia Atlanta’s support has been key to Open Doors growth.

We asked Open Doors Board of Directors member and Berkadia broker, Russ Hardy to tell us why Open Doors is important to Berkadia.

Why do you think Open Doors is important to Atlanta?

“Atlanta is growing at a phenomenal rate, but in the growth, we believe that it’s important to not forget that affordable housing is a key component to a healthy community”

 What is your roll on the Open Doors Board?

“I’m the chair of the Resource Development committee, and as such I work with the committee to secure the funding to support Open Doors.”

What do you see for Open Doors in 2022?

“I see that Open Doors will be well into our Open More Doors campaign, and that we will house more people than we have ever housed. The pandemic has been particularly hard on the affordable housing sector, rents are rising, and affordable housing is getting harder to find. Open Doors is going to be a key to our community’s recovery. It’s a lot of work, but I know our team is ready for it. That’s why our committee is so focused on raising the funds now, so that the Open Doors team can do what it does best: welcome individuals, families and most important to me veterans’ home”

To learn more about the Berkadia visit Berkadia.com

As the year comes to an end, we are hopeful that you will consider supporting Open Doors as we work to make the connections that welcome people home to affordable, safe, sustainable housing. This holiday season we hope you will join us as we know that everyone needs a home for the holidays. To support Open Doors in our efforts to help our community please Invest in Open Doors.

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