What We Do

Our portfolio of projects is wide ranging and ever-growing. Block-by-block, we are working to successfully fulfill our mission to facilitate the preservation and revitalization of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District.

Affordable Housing

  • We currently own and operate over 65 units of affordable single family, duplex and multifamily rental units within the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District, including:
    • A 58-unit multifamily property funded by LIHTC and HOME
    • Seven rental homes funded by HOME
    • One home for sale to a low- to moderate-income homebuyer

Additionally, we are in the pre-development phase for a six-unit multifamily property, along with two additional single-family homes.

Redevelopment

In partnership with Bank of America, Enterprise Foundation, the City of Atlanta, Wachovia Bank and others, the HDDC has seen more than 75 new, single-family homes completed on infill lots. In the Multifamily and commercial development space, our work has lead to the development of the Studioplex on Auburn, an $18.5 million mixed-use, live-work arts complex of 112 residential, retail and studio units, the Irwin St. Townhomes, a six-unit complex, the Auburn-Glenn Apartments at 49 Boulevard, which offer 271 lofts and one to three bedroom apartments with 75% set aside for low and moderate-income families and Henderson Place Apartments on Irwin Street, which provides 58 units serving low and moderate- income residents.

Historic Preservation

Over the past three decades, we have undertaken the historic renovation of 32 original single-family homes built between 1895 and1935.

Community Development and Engagement

As an organization devoted to revitalizing and supporting our community, we rely on the expert guidance, participation and support of those who live and work in the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District. To ensure that the voices of our community members are heard, we created the HDDC’s Community Engagement Committee. This resident led, volunteer initiative advises the HDDC on community activities and works to build understanding, acceptance and integration among such a diverse community.

The committee seeks to promote and implement Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of The Beloved Community, where individuals look past perceived differences in race, income and tenure to integrate under the commonalities and interdependence they share as human beings.

In a sermon entitled “Being a Good Neighbor,” Dr. King noted that, “The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.” The Community Engagement Committee engenders this spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood that results in genuine inter-group and inter-personal living based on compassion and altruism.

As Dr. King concluded in the same sermon, “We cannot survive spiritually separated in a world that is geographically together.”