NEWS BRIEF: Atlanta Habitat gets millions to develop affordable housing

Donation to help aid affordable housing crisis

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Photo credit: Courtesy Atlanta Habitat For Humanity
Atlanta Habitat For Humanity to use $13.5 million for Affordable Housing

Author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $436 million to Habitat for Humanity International, including Atlanta Habitat and 83 affiliate organizations in the United States. Atlanta Habitat will use the $13.5 million it received to expand affordable housing in the city.

“The donation will allow Atlanta Habitat to accelerate current plans to diversify our construction portfolio while safely navigating through an affordable housing crisis aided by a changing economic environment, escalating materials and land costs, a corresponding tight labor market, and a global health pandemic,” said Rosalyn Merrick, interim president and CEO.

Since 2019, Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has donated $1.7 billion to 116 nonprofits with a focus on racial equality, LGBTQ+ equality, democracy, and climate change, and said she plans to give away most of her wealth during her lifetime.