AREF HomeAid ATL GHC Ribbon Cutting

New center will be a hub of homeownership resources for Gwinnett County families

AREF GHC RIbbon CuttingOn June 5, supporters of HomeAid Atlanta, Lennar, and Gwinnett Housing Corporation (GHC) gathered to celebrate the completion of Gwinnett County’s first Homeowner Resource Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony. GHC is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 development organization with a focus on creating, rehabilitating, and operating quality affordable residential housing. The Homeowner Resource Center will offer educational resources for families of low to moderate income seeking homeownership in Gwinnett County, including housing counseling, referrals for down payment assistance, access to non-profit developers, lenders, owner-occupied rehabilitation, and home modification activities. The Homeowner Resource Center is set to open to potential home buyers next month.

Adam Paterson, Lennar Area Construction Manager, volunteered as HomeAid Builder Captain to lead renovations on what was a vacant eyesore in downtown Norcross. The transformation began on March 24, when Lennar and Complete Permitting Services employees joined a HomeAid Care Day, a volunteer workday, to complete demolition, cleanout, and landscaping work. Paterson and his Lennar team and trade partners continued work throughout April and May. A second Care Day with Lennar volunteers wrapped up the project with painting and more on May 19. Over $60,000 in labor and materials were donated to transform the once dilapidated house, thanks to Lennar and the following companies that provided materials, labor, and expertise:

24/7 Concrete

84 Lumber

Atlanta Lanehart Electric

Complete Permitting Services

Cowart Tree Service


Decker Painting

H&G Erosion

Hallway Plumbing

Keystone Builders Group

Magic Touch Construction Services


Northwest Exterminating

Plumbing Distributors, Inc

Quick Roofing

Shaw Floors


Superior Indoor Comfort

United Site Services

Wanha New Construction Services

Woodman Insulation

AREF GHC Ribbon Cutting“I am truly grateful for our partnership with HomeAid Atlanta that provided us with the opportunity to connect with Gwinnett Housing Corporation and the Norcross Downtown Development Authority to work on this unique project. It’s nothing short of remarkable to know that this completed facility will provide Gwinnett residents with the opportunity to obtain the coveted dream of home ownership,” said HomeAid Atlanta Board Member Tom Bowers, Vice President of Operations for Lennar Atlanta.

HomeAid Atlanta is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, with a mission to help people experiencing or at risk of homelessness build new lives through construction, community engagement, and education. HomeAid builds, renovates, and maintains facilities for nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness. HomeAid has completed over 180 construction projects at locations for victims of domestic violence, teen mothers, veterans and more, utilizing connections with building industry professionals and community organizations. HomeAid also provides essential items like diapers, wipes, and hygiene products to those affected by homelessness. HomeAid is the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association. Learn more at

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