Housing Task Force

HomeSafe Gwinnett County

Home foreclosures are happening across the nation. In Gwinnett, foreclosed properties are seen in almost every neighborhood.

To address this problem, Gwinnett County and its partners have mobilized resources to address this issue. One of these collaborations, the Gwinnett Housing Task Force, was established to create a healthy housing market by addressing foreclosures at three stages: pre-purchase, post-purchase, and remediation. This initiative, along with Gwinnett’s elected officials and staff, are working aggressively to restore a healthy housing market to the community.

Partnership Gwinnett Housing Task Force

The Gwinnett Housing Task Force was created to analyze potential for public-private partnerships to address foreclosure crisis and its effects on Gwinnett neighborhoods.

Task Force Members

  • Bryan Lackey, Director of Planning and Development, Gwinnett County
  • Demetrius Jordan, Regional Director, United Way
  • Tom O’Rourke, CEO, Northeast Metro Association of Realtors
  • Houston Bass, BB & T
  • Greg Shumate, CEO and Managing Partner, Brand Mortgage
  • Pat McDonough, Anderson, Tate & Carr
  • Craig Goebel, Gwinnett County
  • Connie Wiggins, Executive Director, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful
  • Anthony Mitchell, Director, The Impact Group
  • Carla Carraway, Senior Vice President, Precision Planning
  • Chuck Warbington, Executive Director, Gwinnett Village CID
  • David Ellis, Greater Atlanta Homebuilders
  • Robert Dobbs, Wells Fargo
  • Susan Adams, Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership
  • Mark Mullin, Director of Planning, Gwinnett Medical Center
  • Bill Sloan, Wells Fargo
  • Bucky Johnson, Mayor, City of Norcross
  • Johnny Crist, Mayor, City of Lilburn
  • Gerald McDowell, Executive Director, Lilburn CID
  • Todd Evans, Jackson EMC
  •  Dan Reuter, Land Use Division Chief, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Ron Garrard, CEO, Garrard Construction
  • Alfie Meek, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Sherwood McDuffie, SunTrust Bank
  • Jim Martin, Gwinnett Community Bank
  • Tom Merkel, Executive Director, The Impact Group
  • Ellen Gerstein, Executive Director, The Gwinnett Coalition
  • Carmen Chubb, The Department of Community Affairs



  • Making Home Affordable
    A free federal program designed to assist homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments. 
    Assistance contacting housing counseling agencies for free or low cost advice on buying a home, renting, default, foreclosure avoidance, credit issues or reverse mortgages.



Other Foreclosure Prevention Tools

Other Post-Foreclosure Assistance

  • Salvation Army — Gwinnett County Service Unit at (770) 963-8802
    This branch of the Salvation Army provides community resources, financial aid for bills and worship services. Services offered include financial assistance, Electric Service Payment Assistance, adult Bible study, homework help program, youth enrichment activities, Mortgage Payment Assistance, Rent Payment Assistance, and Water Bill Payment Assistance.
  • The Gwinnett Helpline can be reached at (770) 995-3339, from 9-5 Monday-Friday.

Neighborhood Quality of Life Assistance