Creation and Success of ANDP - Hattie B. Dorsey, Founder

The Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc. opened it doors for business in 1991 under the leadership of Hattie B. Dorsey as it founding executive. Organized as the first regional intermediary organization in Atlanta and in Georgia, its mission was to facilitate a strategy of housing and neighborhood redevelopment. ANDP became a national model of an intermediate non-profit with the internal capacity (millions of dollars) to implement policy through real estate development and lending. Under Hattie’s leadership it incorporated in its organizational structure the essential tools necessary for success by developing:

1.    The first network of community development corporations (CDCs) in the region
2.    Establishing a grant pool for CDCs
3.    Forming a lending arm that later developed into a community development financial institution (CDFI)
4.    Forming a development arm that assisted other non-profits and partnered with for-profit developers to implement a mixed income housing and neighborhood strategy;
5.    Establishing the Mixed Income Communities Initiative (MICI), the research arm that produced state of the art studies and statistics on the need for mixed income housing throughout the region. MICI became a very effective voice on the need for inclusion of the low-middle income workforce population in all levels of its dialog (See MICI project profile).
6.    Mentored Junior and Senior staff to be come national spokes persons as voices of authority and experts on a wide range of subjects (e.g., housing, transit, energy efficiency, regionalism and public health) key to sustainability.

ANDP, over a 15-year period under Hattie, was successful through a strategy of investment, partnerships and actual development to bring over 8,000 housing units into the market. As private/public partnership, ANDP was extremely successful in bringing the private sector community actively into the core of its mission. The business and philanthropic community were the primary funders of the organization providing some $60 million in grants and loans allowing it to be nimble in its response to community development initiatives. Examples of housing initiatives that set a model for inclusion of affordability included:

1.    Dozens of redevelopment in collaboration with CDCs.
2.    TWELVE Condos Tower dn town Atlanta (partnership w/the Novare Group)
3.    Irwin Street Townhomes in walking distance to downtown
4.    Adamsville Place (mixed-income and Martin House - senior housing - below)   

Creation and Success of ANDP - Hattie B. Dorsey, Founder