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Published on February 2nd, 2016 |

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Buckhead law firm to aid homeless by partnering with Open Doors in 2016

Buckhead-based Morris, Manning & Martin (MMM) law firm is lending a helping hand to homeless seeking a new start by choosing Open Doors, an organization that helps metro Atlanta’s homeless find apartments, as its nonprofit partner for 2016.

Working with multifamily real estate companies and nonprofit organizations to place homeless consumers in apartments, Open Doors has helped 2,750 individuals and families, including

Aaron Goldman, of Perennial Properties and Open Doors, introduces Open Doors client Carleeta Strozier at the event at Morris, Manning and Martin event to announce the partnership. Strozier formerly was a homeless mom who found an apartment through Open Doors.

Aaron Goldman, of Perennial Properties and Open Doors, introduces Open Doors client Carleeta Strozier at the event at Morris, Manning and Martin event to announce the partnership. Strozier formerly was a homeless mom who found an apartment through Open Doors.

veterans, since 2012.

As part of Morris, Manning & Martin’s MMMPact program, the firm will donate and raise funds, and help Open Doors reach more landlords interested in helping others.

Aaron Goldman, President of Perennial Properties, chairs the Atlanta Real Estate Collaborative (AREC) board, which is the private real estate representation in the partnership. “It’s great for the possibilities and potential of those consumers who now have a chance to say, ‘I have a home; I have an address I can put on a job application; I have hope,’” Goldman says.

Open Doors is a city-wide partnership involving the AREC; Enterprise Community Partners; Project Community Connections, Inc (PCCI); and several nonprofit service providers.

Consumers are matched with vocational, financial, mental health and other services to help them toward long-term stability, and then connected to appropriate housing. The board members of AREC and donors to Open Doors include a Who’s Who of real estate.

“This marks our fourth year of dedicating ourselves to partnering with a local nonprofit,” offered Louise M. Wells, MMM’s managing partner. “Much like all of our previous partners, Open Doors is an excellent organization. It’s doing amazing work for the homeless within our community. We are 100% committed to helping them reduce homelessness in the Atlanta area.”

Goldman added that MMM’s endorsement has already yielded dividends. “It really put a stamp of approval for the entire real estate industry and the legal industry here in Atlanta,” he said.

“MMM is a best-in-class operation – known to all the management companies, known to all the real estate players, known to all the bankers. Already the introductions to other donors and landlords has been impactful,” added Goldman.

MMMPact is the firm’s long-standing community outreach program. It consists of the Community Involvement committee, the Diversity Initiative, Pro Bono Program and Women’s Initiative.

Each year the effort partners with a different nonprofit. Previous nonprofit partners include Reach for Excellence, CURE Childhood Cancer and Kate’s Club. MMMPact donated more than $110,000 to more than 35 organizations in 2015 alone.

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