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Local Initiative to address foreclosure crisis receives national Housing Visionary Award

Piece by Piece, a regional initiative to address metro Atlanta’s foreclosure crisis, received a national award Thursday for its comprehensive approach that brings together 155 public and private partners.

The National Housing Conference presented its 2015 Housing Visionary Award to the program during NHC’s annual gala in Washington. Piece by Piece is staffed by the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc.

“NHC is pleased to recognize ANDP and Piece by Piece for their work in stabilizing metro Atlanta neighborhoods and for crafting a unique partnership that engages hundreds of organizations and neighborhood leaders in the effort,” NHC President Chris Estes said in a statement.

The group from Atlanta that attended the NHC event to accept the award included Marc Pollack, ANDP’s board chairman and CEO/chairman of Pollack Shores Real Estate Group; ANDP President/CEO John O’Callaghan, and Piece by Piece Coordinator Susan Adams; HUD Regional Administrator Ed Jennings; David Ellis, vice president of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Assoc.; Pam Cross, Wells Fargo; Don Phoenix, NeighborWorks America; and Odetta MacLeish-White, Enterprise Community Partners.

“We are pleased to accept this recognition on behalf of 155 metro Atlanta partner organizations,” O’Callaghan said in a statement.

“We also acknowledge the guidance and support of our leadership organizations,” O’Callaghan said. “Together, we’ve crafted a regional response to attack the crisis on multiple fronts to help stabilize families and neighborhoods hit hard by the lingering impacts of the crisis.”

Piece by Piece has its work cut out, even six years after the official end of the great recession.

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