HomeAid Atlanta, the designated charity of the Greater Atlanta HBA, and The Drake House celebrated the groundbreaking of The Drake Village on Oct. 6 with volunteer Builder Captain Dan O’Dwyer of O’Dwyer Homes.
The project includes the renovation of two eight-unit apartment buildings on the property adjacent to The Drake House’s existing crisis housing complex. When complete, the new facility will more than double The Drake House’s capacity to serve homeless women and their children, going from 44 beds to 100 beds.
This will be HomeAid’s third project with The Drake House, and O’Dwyer’s second. In 2006, O’Dwyer led HomeAid’s total renovation of two existing eight-unit apartment buildings, the first crisis housing The Drake House had offered.
In 2015, Vincent Longo of Vincent Longo Custom Builders and HomeAid completed a 1,000 square-foot expansion of The Drake Center, adding a “mom classroom” and teen center. The 2015 project also included a complete renovation of staff offices for ADA compliance.