• Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Appoints St. Johns Housing Partnership’s Bill Lazar to Affordable

  • Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Appoints St. Johns Housing Partnership’s Bill Lazar to Affordable Housing Advisory Council

    ATLANTA (January 7, 2020) — The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) has appointed Bill Lazar, Executive Director of St. Johns Housing Partnership (SJHP) in St. Augustine, Fla., to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council. 

    The Council serves an important role in helping FHLBank Atlanta fulfill its community lending and affordable housing mission and works closely with the FHLBank Atlanta board of directors and management to ensure the community lending and housing finance needs of communities within the Bank’s district are met. 

    Lazar has worked with nonprofit affordable housing programs for 30 years. 

    He founded SJHP in 1996 and under his leadership the organization has grown to provide various affordable housing services including home repair to more than 100 households each year, financial literacy, purchase and preservation of rental properties, and purchase and retrofit of single-family homes to green-certified standards. 

    The mission of SJHP is to promote safe, decent, and affordable housing in North Florida by creating links between the public and private sectors on projects that create low- and moderate-income housing and rebuilding neglected homes and neighborhoods. 

    SJHP has a nationally recognized HUD counseling services staff specializing in foreclosure prevention. 

    Additionally, Lazar has been a board member of the St. Johns Builders Council since 2003, twice serving as chairman. He is also a past board member of the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) and a strong advocate for incorporating green building features and FGBC certification into affordable housing programs.

    He joins three other new appointees to the 15-member Council. 

    Other new Council members include Melissa Cook, Economic Development Director of the city of Arab, Ala.; Patrice Gilmore, National Supplier Diversity Lead of DPR Construction in the company’s Morrisville, N.C office and Tarvaris McCoy, a principal of The Real McCoy Companies, LLC, where his responsibilities include consulting services in real estate and community development and coordination of community economic development initiatives in Hopewell, Va.

    About the Affordable Housing Advisory Council 
    FHLBank Atlanta’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council comprises 15 representatives from a diverse group of community and nonprofit organizations actively involved in providing or promoting low- and moderate-income housing and community lending within FHLBank Atlanta’s district. The Council provides advice to FHLBank Atlanta’s board of directors regarding ways in which the Bank can enhance the effectiveness of its housing finance and community lending mission. 

    About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
    FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. The Bank's members—its shareholders and customers—are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Since 1990, the FHLBanks have awarded approximately $6.6 billion in Affordable Housing Program funds, assisting more than 957,000 households. 

    For more information, visit www.fhlbatl.com.