ANDP receives grant from The Home Depot Foundation
to expand affordable housing
$600K grant supports ANDP’s ongoing Veterans Housing Program and Closing the Gap campaign to develop and preserve 2,000 units of affordable housing in metro Atlanta by 2025
Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc. (ANDP) is excited to announce a donation of $600,000 from The Home Depot Foundation to support the organization’s Closing the Gap capital campaign and provide additional affordable rental and homeownership opportunities for Veterans and active-duty personnel in every branch of the U.S. military.
“We are proud to support ANDP in their mission to ensure every low- and moderate-income family, including our brave veterans, have access to safe, affordable housing,” said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation.
Since 2013, ANDP has provided affordable rental and homeownership options for 189 Veterans like Andre Davis. Andre served in the U.S. Air Force, where he provided force support as a chef. Coming from a long family history of military service, Andre wanted to continue the tradition so he could take advantage of the GI Bill to further his education. He now serves as a human resource specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and recently purchased a home with help from ANDP’s Veterans program.
"The new home has changed my life in so many ways, and I am so grateful for the focus on helping those with lower incomes achieve homeownership,” said Andre.
Andre was one of 10 Veterans honored by The Home Depot Foundation as a Hometown Hero at a recent Atlanta Falcons home game at Mercedes Benz Stadium. The Home Depot Foundation’s Operation Surprise campaign provided the unexpecting Veterans with a tremendous game-day experience capped by a gift of two months of rental or mortgage payments.
“The Home Depot Foundation helped us build our Veteran affordable housing program from scratch. They believed in the affordable housing work we were doing and wanted to make sure those doors open for Veterans as well,” said ANDP president and CEO John O’Callaghan. “They connected us to other program models around the nation and introduced us to national and local Veteran’s service organizations. With their support, our ability to provide more opportunities for Veterans continues to grow.”
The Foundation’s donation also supports ANDP’s unprecedented Closing the Gap plan, which aims to complete the development and renovation of 250 single-family rental homes, 500 single-family homes targeted for homeownership, and the creation or preservation of 1,250 apartments throughout metro Atlanta. The plan has a priority on neighborhoods most at risk for the future displacement of low-income residents.
“Veterans who have bravely served their nation, those just returning, and those still in service deserve to have the same access to the benefits of affordable homeownership. Black homeownership levels are no better today than when the Fair Housing Act was passed in 1967, contributing to the growing wealth gap between Black and white households. The time to act is now,” said O’Callaghan. “We are thrilled to have The Home Depot Foundation’s support as we expand access to affordable housing in metro Atlanta.”
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot Foundation works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. veterans, train skilled tradespeople to fill the labor gap and support communities impacted by natural disasters. Since 2011, the Foundation has invested more than $400 million in veteran causes and improved more than 50,000 veteran homes and facilities. The Foundation has pledged to invest half of a billion dollars in veteran causes by 2025 and $50 million in training the next generation of skilled tradespeople through the Path to Pro program.
U.S. Air Force Veteran Andre Davis