Campbell & Brannon launches affordable housing philanthropy fund with $100,000 in grants
Guest post by Camille Brannon, managing partner, Campbell & Brannon
Campbell & Brannon, a residential real estate law firm serving the region since 1998, has launched the Campbell & Brannon Philanthropy Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to showcase the law firm’s commitment to Atlanta’s people and neighborhoods throughout the metro Atlanta region.
Throughout the year, Campbell & Brannon allocates a portion of revenue received in every closing toward charitable endeavors. This year, the firm established the new Campbell & Brannon Philanthropy Fund with those dollars. During the month of February, Campbell & Brannon celebrates their hard work and, through that hard work, their ability to give back to the community through the “Campbell & Brannon Shows the Love” program. At that time, the employees of Campbell & Brannon help choose one or more nonprofit organizations that align with the firm’s goal to better the lives of the people in the communities they serve.
Our partnership with the Community Foundation is the next step in service to our region, where our firm is focused on providing resources to support Atlantans quest to have a safe place to live, work, learn and play. Tapping into the Community Foundation’s deep knowledge of the issues and organizations that make a difference in the region is exactly what we needed to do to make an impact.
The Community Foundation recommended that this year’s funds benefit two nonprofits that are working in particularly vulnerable areas to assist residents with a critical need for affordable housing. The funds this year are directed toward supporting the residents of the Forest Cove Apartments in the Thomasville Heights neighborhood of Atlanta who, because of the conditions there, are facing the prospect of having to vacate their homes and find immediate alternative housing they can afford. Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and Project Community Connections will each receive a $50,000 grant to support their placed-based work impacting residents of Thomasville Heights.
The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF) is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Greater Atlanta, and for 42 years has inspired volunteer attorneys who provide high-quality education, advocacy, and representation at no charge to low-income families with basic civil legal needs at critical times in their lives. AVLF’s services include emergency financial assistance, eviction diversion and prevention, landlord/tenant disputes and probate issues. This grant will enable legal advocacy for families who need to be relocated from Forest Cove apartments.
Since 1999, Project Community Connections, Inc. (PCCI) has assisted vulnerable populations experiencing homelessness by helping them find a place to call home and access wrap-around services to rebuild their lives. The organization is the largest rapid rehousing organization in the region and recognized both locally and nationally for addressing child and veteran homelessness. In response to the deepening crisis for Atlanta individuals experiencing homelessness, PCCI plans to transform their current administrative offices into a mixed-use, mixed-income development that will include 117 units of affordable housing and provide additional support including a workforce and benefits center and access to other mission-aligned agencies. This grant will support this transformation.
Community Foundation President, Frank Fernandez, elaborated on the strength of this partnership. “It is clear that both of our organizations share a deep commitment to our community that could be amplified through a partnership,” he said. “Together, we can make a real difference — neighborhood by neighborhood, block by block, family by family across our region.”
Fernandez added, “Our city has the highest income inequality in the nation—and we want to change that. One step affecting that change is safe and affordable housing, where children can focus on learning. These grants will have impact–helping families in the urgency of now.”
For 25 years, my colleagues and I have led successful real estate closings as the final step in matching Atlantans with their new home. With the Community Foundation, our efforts will create opportunities to elevate those in need and ensure they have a place to feel safe. This is our way of showing Atlanta we love and care for all of our neighbors.