The Housing Pillar mission is to work collaboratively with VETLANTA members and the Atlanta community, veterans, stakeholders, and change agents to aid in eradicating homelessness, finding affordable housing, and achieving homeownership for metro-Atlanta veterans.
Jim grew up on a farm in Upstate New York and earned his commission into the US Army after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1980 with a BS in Chemical Engineering. During his Army career, Jim held various command and staff positions. After resigning his commission in 1989, Jim entered into the corporate workforce taking positions in Strategic Consulting, Supply Chain Management, E commerce and IT Outsourcing with Companies such as Digital Equipment, Compaq Computers, EDS, Computer Sciences Corporation for Fortune 100 companies. In his last corporate position, Jim ran the Southeastern US Manufacturing Sector for HCL America to include such Georgia based companies as Electrolux, GulfStream, Novelis, NCR, Exide Technologies, and Caraustar Industries.
After Jim retired from the corporate world in 2014, he began working on his father’s VA claim while looked for a retirement project that could make a difference to people’s lives. Just after his father’s passing, and after much research Jim created and launched the Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program on Veterans Day 2014, where he continues to serve as the Program Director. The CCHV program focuses not only on helping veterans who find themselves homeless, but also on homelessness prevention. Homelessness prevention helps those veterans who are financially challenged, disabled, or elderly who need various levels or local assistance.
Jim is a proud member of the State of Georgia, Department of Community Affairs Taskforce on Homelessness that covers 152 of the 158 counties in Georgia and has been married to his loving and supportive wife, Margo, for 32 years.