O’Callaghan honored for his positive impact on affordable housing in Atlanta
Down Payment Resource (DPR) is proud to announce John O’Callaghan, President and CEO of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc. (ANDP) as the first recipient of the Beverly Faull Affordable Housing Leadership Award.
The award, named in memory of accomplished real estate veteran Beverly Faull, recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership in providing more access to homeownership and affordable housing finance solutions.
As a well-respected veteran in the MLS and housing industry and one of DPR’s first employees, Faull believed in the company’s mission to provide greater access and awareness to down payment assistance programs. Faull was responsible for building DPR’s MLS business and putting its tools in the hands of more than 300,000 Realtors across a dozen MLSs.
“Without Beverly’s passion and tenacity, DPR would not be the success it is today,” said Rob Chrane, CEO of Down Payment Resource. “She laid a strong foundation, anchored to an important housing mission, that continues today. We’re proud to introduce this award and honor Beverly’s memory and legacy.”
O’Callaghan has decades of experience advocating for affordable housing in Atlanta and beyond. At ANDP, O’Callaghan leads the organization’s policy and housing development programs and also spearheaded a regional foreclosure response initiative that was awarded the National Housing Conference 2015 Housing Visionary Award.
“We’re proud to recognize someone who is making a positive impact on housing in Atlanta. Under O’Callaghan’s leadership ANDP has been a model of how nonprofit organizations can serve and support the unique needs of their communities,” said Chrane. O’Callaghan has also served on the DPR advisory board for several years.
The award includes a financial donation by DPR to the recipient’s housing non-profit of choice. O’Callaghan will designate the award to ANDP where it will be used to support the organization’s efforts to lift homeownership in communities of color. Since the foreclosure crisis, the organization has focused development strategies in neighborhoods struggling with high levels of negative equity. Under O’Callaghan’s leadership, more than 500 foreclosed and vacant homes have been returned to affordable homeownership and more than 800 homebuyers have been connected to down payment assistance.
“It is an honor to receive an award in Beverly Faull’s memory. She was of a pioneer in the housing sector. Her commitment to homeownership leaves a legacy that will continue to touch countless families. We share her commitment to increasing homeownership and treasure the work of Down Payment Resource,” said O’Callaghan.
(Featured photo top) Down Payment Resource (DPR) presents inaugural Beverly Faull Affordable Housing Leadership Award to John O’Callaghan, President and CEO of the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership, Inc. (ANDP). Left to right: Fern White, Account Manager, DPR; O’Callaghan; Rob Chrane, CEO, DPR; Tracey Shell, Director of Marketing Communications, DPR; James Cromartie, Special Initiatives Consultant, ANDP.