The seeds of HouseProud began in 1992 as a Georgia nonprofit corporation called Community Redevelopment Inc. (CRI). CRI was created to provide necessary home repairs and renovations in order to keep existing senior homeowners warm, safe and dry. While other service organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Charis Community Housing provided houses for new homeowners, many senior homeowners in our low-income communities did not want or need a new house. They preferred instead to maintain the house they have lived in for years. CRI’s assistance allowed these homeowners to maintain their life-long investments in their dwellings and communities.
Recognizing the success of the program, in 1997 the Board of Directors of CRI created a new parent organization, called the Atlanta Community ToolBank (ToolBank). CRI’s home repair efforts and the tool lending library subsequently became programs of the ToolBank. The Home Repair Program name was adopted in 2000 and then became the HouseProud Program in 2006. The program has grown tremendously over the years both in geographic reach and in scope of work. Since its inception, HouseProud has provided no-cost repairs for over 400 low-income seniors in the greater downtown Atlanta neighborhoods.
In 2009 the ToolBank board of directors decided that HouseProud should part ways with the Atlanta Community ToolBank in an effort streamline operations. HouseProud would need to become its own separate non-profit organization. As part of this strategic initiative, the HouseProud Advisory Committee was formed to act as an advocacy group for HouseProud. It was decided in 2010 that HouseProud would pursue its own 501(c)3. Happily HouseProud received its 501(c)3 non-profit status in June 2011! The program now has a staff of two full-time employees (pictured), a solid, working board of directors, and is continuing to fulfill its mission of providing high quality no-cost repairs for Atlanta's most vulnerable neighbors.
Congratulations HouseProud Atlanta Inc.!