HDC MidAtlantic Appoints New President & CEO

HDC MidAtlantic’s Board of Directors has appointed Dana Hanchin as the organization’s President & CEO. Hanchin will succeed current President & CEO Michael R. Carper who is stepping aside in June after a 15-year tenure with the organization. Hanchin will start June 1.

“We were impressed with Dana’s passion for our mission, and her understanding and commitment to affordable housing,” said Michel Gibeault, Chair of HDC MidAtlantic’s Board of Directors  “HDC MidAtlantic has a strong reputation throughout the region as a leader in the development and management of affordable housing, and Dana brings the skills and experience necessary to take the organization to the next level.”

Hanchin comes to HDC MidAtlantic from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) of Philadelphia where she served as Deputy Director for the past five years.  In that role, she was responsible for overseeing strategic priorities, business development and community development lending.

Hanchin brings more than 20-years experience building and leading affordable housing initiatives and has experience in each of HDC MidAtlantic’s lines of business. Prior to LISC, Hanchin served as the Director of Neighborhood Stabilization at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. She also has experience with affordable housing development and property management from her role as a leader at the Women’s Community Revitalization Project.

“I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as HDC MidAtlantic’s next leader,” Hanchin shared.  “Safe, affordable housing is a cornerstone for household stability and economic growth. I am inspired to work in partnership with the Board and staff to improve lives and create healthy communities until everyone has a safe, affordable place to call home.”

A first-generation college graduate, Hanchin earned her bachelor’s from Kent State University, a master’s in Urban Studies from Temple University and most recently was a Fellow for Leading Change at Drexel University LeBow College of Business.  She was born in the Monongahela Valley and spent her formative years in Greensburg, Pa.

HDC MidAtlantic’s Board of Directors began the executive search process in the summer of 2017 in order to evaluate the leadership needs of the organization.  HDC MidAtlantic hired Raffa, a consulting and professional services firm whose mission is to be a catalyst for positive, systemic change. Raffa was engaged to identify the leadership skills and experiences needed and to manage the national search for the organization.

Founded in 1971, HDC MidAtlantic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing quality affordable rental homes for working families, seniors and individuals with disabilities throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. HDC MidAtlantic owns, develops and/or manages more than 3,700 affordable apartments by delivering high-quality and secure housing solutions through innovative property management, real estate development and resident services.

HDC MidAtlantic is part of the NeighborWorks network, an affiliation of more than 240 nonprofit organizations located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The NeighborWorks network was founded and is supported by NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities

HDC MidAtlantic is also a member of the Housing Partnership Network, a network of 100 housing and community development organizations that are considered industry leaders.


Legacy of Hope & Opportunity

HDC MidAtlantic’s Board of Directors renamed the organization’s crisis/emergency fund the “Michael R. Carper Hope & Opportunity Fund” in honor of the organization’s most recent past President & CEO Michael R. Carper.

Carper, who stepped aside in June, served as President & CEO for 15 years. He was only the third president to lead the organization since its founding in 1971.

Michel Gibeault, Chair of HDC MidAtlantic’s Board of Directors, made the announcement at the organization’s 12th annual Faces of Affordable Housing hosted April 19 at the Lancaster Country Club.

The Fund was introduced in 2016 to assist residents at-risk of eviction and homelessness. Since its creation, donors have saved 25 households from eviction including one family who lost income during a mother’s maternity leave, a single father whose unexpected medical issue disrupted his ability to work and earn wages temporarily, and a resident whose savings fell short when she stopped working full-time to complete student teaching requirements for her college degree (which she got!).

This past year, HDC MidAtlantic’s Resident Services Coordinators connected 311 households with eviction-prevention services and provided 171 financial literacy services to residents living at HDC MidAtlantic properties.

You can help, too. To donate to the Carper Hope & Opportunity Fund, visit hdcweb.com/donate.