CEO Ellis, APD Solutions and The Home Depot Launch “Get Home
Now” to Revitalize DeKalb with Affordable Homeownership
$20 Million Effort Promotes Flexible Credit, Affordable Renovation in Key


DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announced today that the
number of vacant homes is expected to decrease as newly renovated homes will rise in DeKalb
County neighborhoods thanks to the new Get Home Now! campaign launched by a coalition
including DeKalb County; First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation; several community development
groups; and APD Solutions, one of the nation’s most influential neighborhood revitalization firms,
and supported by The Home Depot.
Get Home Now! will combine new mortgage capital and home renovation products with flexible
credit requirements to stimulate affordable vacant home buying, rehabilitation of distressed homes,
and home sales in a county-wide outreach effort. To fuel this endeavor, a $20 million commitment of
new capital for mortgages and home repairs will be made available exclusively for DeKalb County.
This is enough capital to potentially help up to 230 families. Get Home Now! is designed to help
reduce the number of vacant homes, stabilize real estate values and strengthen the local tax-base by
adding more investment.
“Responding to our fiscal needs and promoting homeownership across the board are among my top
priorities for this county,” said CEO Ellis.  “Homeownership stabilizes families and neighborhoods
and enhances financial health.  It is also the cornerstone of our tax base and this program should help
us turn this crisis around. I’m delighted to work with APD Solutions, The Home Depot and our other
allies in this worthy undertaking.”
“We are pleased to launch Get Home Now! in DeKalb because APD Solutions puts its mission to
Restore, Rebuild and Renew communities at the forefront. Get Home Now! is an exciting and farreaching initiative that will take a bricks and mortar approach to revitalizing DeKalb’s
neighborhoods,” said Vaughn D. Irons, APD Solutions’ Chief Executive Officer. “APD Solutions is
proud to join CEO Ellis, The Home Depot, First Guaranty, and an impressive network of dedicated
community leaders to help more families become or remain homeowners and enhance their
willingness to make a long-term investment in these communities.”

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Get Home Now! is a component of APD Solutions’ efforts to revitalize communities across the
nation. Get Home Now! builds on APD Solutions’ efforts to expand homeownership opportunities in
the Metro Atlanta area, which has included the implementation of several Neighborhood
Stabilization Programs and a local investment impact of nearly $30 million of redevelopment capital
since 2009.
Financing for Credit Challenged and New Homes Rehabilitation
The centerpiece of Get Home Now! is a flexible package of mortgage products and development
oversight designed to encourage the rehabilitation of vacant affordable homes while making the
community’s stock of existing homes more valuable. This financial toolkit can help new buyers and
existing residents rehabilitate homes with affordable mortgages that let owners borrow up to 110
percent of the home value to finance repairs, renovation, acquisition or existing debt.
First Guaranty Mortgage Corporation will provide credit enhanced FHA mortgage products that
offer low down payment requirements and flexible credit options. Qualified families can obtain a
mortgage by having a minimum credit score of 580 and a willingness to participate in a local prepurchase homebuyer training program. For Police Officers, Firefighters or the Military a lower credit
score of 550 will be accepted. In addition, DeKalb County will provide qualified low- and moderateincome borrowers with federally funded grants up to $25,000 to defray down payment and closing
costs or reduce the principal.
“On behalf of First Guaranty, I'm very proud that we are a part of this very important revitalization
effort," said Andrew Peters, senior vice president. "We're excited to join our partners – APD
Solutions, The Home Depot, DeKalb County, and such a broad coalition of community development
groups – to help in the restoration of vital Atlanta area neighborhoods like the ones in DeKalb
County.  This initiative is right in line with our duty, which is all about rebuilding the dream through
access to homeownership.”
Because of this new program, families will no longer need to turn away from properties that are less
than ideal. The Home Depot’s Renovation Services group will provide all home repairs and
otherwise assist families with transforming that home into the perfect place. The professionals at The
Home Depot will work with APD Solutions to coordinate everything from painting, flooring,
plumbing, energy efficient upgrades, appliances, heating and air installation. Only highly skilled,
licensed, and fully insured craftsman will work on Get Home Now! homes. Each family will also
receive a one-year warranty on workmanship backed by The Home Depot on all renovation work
“The American dream of home ownership has become more elusive and exclusive,” said Rep. Hank
Johnson, D-GA. “The Get Home Now! Initiative is making the dream more of a reality for everyone.
I’m pleased to support this initiative – my hats off to the partnership between APD Solutions and
Home Depot, who are coming together to make home ownership a reality.
Community Support is Key
The Get Home Now! coalition of non-profit organizations include the Green Forest Community
Development Corporation (CDC), NID Counseling, and D&E Group.  In addition, The Empire
Board of Realtists, a minority-real estate trade association, will provide additional project support
including providing real estate services for buyers who need help identifying homes they can afford
and keep.
Applicants must call the Get Home Now! Hotline in order to take advantage of Get Home Now!’s
various opportunities.  Proper guidance and hand-holding is critical to successfully expanding
affordable homeownership and stabilizing neighborhoods.  For more information about Get Home
Now! contact the Get Home Now! Hotline at (877) Gt-Hm-NOW [877-484-6669] or on the web at 

About APD Solutions:
APD Solutions, LLC is a national Neighborhood Revitalization Firm created to provide community
development consulting and comprehensive real estate services to public and private sector clients.
Our goal is to Restore credibility in the housing industry, Rebuild challenged neighborhoods and
Renew the lives of impacted families. APD Solutions has a talented staff with over 200 years of
combined relevant housing industry and real estate experience. We have offices in Atlanta, Chicago,
Dallas, Jacksonville and San Francisco. For more information, visit

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