On the Ground: Open Doors

Dayna Claman, Portfolio Director at Open Doors, shares what it’s like lead unit acquisition work for the CoC.

“Since 2020, Open Doors has secured about 1,000 homes for the Atlanta Continuum of Care. My current role as Portfolio Director allows me to serve as a bridge between nonprofit organizations and the housing industry ─ working to create mutually beneficial partnerships that expand access to affordable housing, improve communities, and advances the mission of Open Doors Atlanta.

One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is knowing that my efforts are contributing to positive changes in the community. By facilitating partnerships and collaborations that result in more affordable housing options and improved communities, I am helping to address a critical societal need.

Building successful partnerships between nonprofits, landlords, and management companies often involves finding mutually beneficial solutions. It’s rewarding to see these parties working together effectively, achieving their respective goals, and creating a stronger, more supportive community.

Many don’t know, however, that an understanding of the local real estate market is critical to the success of housing. This includes knowledge of property values, rental rates, and market trends. It helps in identifying suitable properties for acquisition. Acquisition is not something that happens overnight. It is a complex and multifaceted process that requires careful planning, due diligence, and a deep understanding of the local housing market and regulations.

Ultimately, the most rewarding aspect of my work is tied to my personal values and the impact I can have on the lives of those we serve. Knowing that I am making a difference in the realm of affordable housing and community development provides a strong sense of purpose and satisfaction.”

Previous On the Ground: Aniz

Connect with us

Copyright © 2023 Partners for HOME. All Rights Reserved.