Early this month, full house sponsor Berkadia and Habitat for Humanity of NW Metro Atlanta dedicated a two-story house in Austell to homeowner Brittany Neal and her four beautiful children: Ashlyn, 14; Malaya, 12; Asher, 10; and Lockett, 6.   

Brittany works as the activities/life enrichment director at an assisted living facility in Cobb County. Due to the sky-rocketing cost of rent in Cobb County, she simply could no longer afford to continue maintaining a decent place to live for her family.  

Brittany is a Cobb County native, graduate of Sprayberry High School, and wants to raise her family in the county where she was raised. In her application she said, “would love the opportunity to partner with Habitat, build my home, and to help others.” 

Berkadia was joined by volunteers from additional partners, Assurant, United Community Bank, Leadership Cobb Alumni Association, and Herc Rentals, and students from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes and PCT Clean.  

“We are grateful to welcome Berkadia back this year to change the future for a deserving family,” said Jessica Gill, CEO, Habitat for Humanity, NW Metro Atlanta. “Because they chose Habitat, four children will grow up with stability and the opportunity to succeed in Cobb County schools and beyond.” 

Berkadia, a leader in the commercial real estate industry, was a first-time home sponsor last year and was so moved by the experience, that they eagerly sponsored Brittany’s home this year. This home is also only the second two-story house our affiliate has ever built. 


About Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta

In 1985, Chrys and John Street met Millard Fuller, who challenged them to start an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity in Cobb County. They distributed brochures to local churches and gathered 12 people to form a Board of Directors. On April 1, 1986, Cobb County Habitat for Humanity was officially incorporated as an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. In 2008, the organization expanded to include Douglas and Paulding counties and the name changed to Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta. Since 1986, nearly 600 homes have been built, rehabilitated, or repaired as part of our pursuit to provide decent, affordable housing in Cobb, Douglas, and Paulding counties. To learn more about the local affiliate, visit habitatnwma.org.