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Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Announces New Advisory Council Members

ATLANTA, Feb. 15, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) announced today that it has appointed two members to its Affordable Housing Advisory Council.

New Members:

Rob Hazelton has vast experience with multi-family housing preservation as it relates to capital needs, architectural design, construction cost estimation, energy conservation, and environmental issues. Mr. Hazelton has worked in all 50 states for the preservation of multifamily and senior housing under the LIHTC Qualified Allocation Plans. He has been involved with the HUD Multifamily Accelerated Process Guide since inception, and is proficient in the FHA-HUD multifamily mortgage insurance markets. Frequently asked to provide technical services for HUD’s many pilot and demonstration programs, Mr. Hazelton is currently working with the LIHTC Pilot, the Rental Assistance Demonstration, Moving to Work, and self-managed Energy Performance Contracting. He was appointed to the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council by former Gov. Mark Warner, and he continues to support local organizations which service the senior and disabled communities. Mr. Hazelton is an active board member of a Richmond Regional Energy Alliance, focused on bringing energy awareness and efficiency to disadvantaged communities. He is a graduate of Bucknell University and resides in Richmond, Virginia.

Christie V. Smith is executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Richmond, Inc. (NHSR), a community development corporation and community development financial institution. NHSR’s mission is to present opportunities for low- and moderate-income families preparing to purchase affordable homes, and to strengthen communities in Richmond and other areas of Virginia. Ms. Smith has served in a variety of capacities at NHSR, including as Homeownership Manager, Housing Counselor, and CRA Officer. She is currently active with the Virginia Association of Housing Counselors (VAHC), the National Association of Professional Women, the National Credit Union Association, and the African-American Credit Union Coalition. Ms. Smith holds a certificate of completion from the Mosley-Flint School of Real-Estate, is a certified FHA Direct Endorsement Underwriter, is certified under the VA’s Lender Appraisal Processing Program, is a VAHC certified Housing Counselor, is a HUD certified Default Counselor, and is a Virginia Housing Development Authority Train the Trainer facilitator. She develops underwriting guidelines for CRA products and NHSR loan products, and she approves, funds, and sells mortgage loans to the secondary markets. Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Criminal Justice, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Richmond.

About the Affordable Housing Advisory Council 
FHLBank Atlanta’s Affordable Housing Advisory Council comprises 15 representatives from a diverse group of community and nonprofit organizations actively involved in providing or promoting low- and moderate-income housing and community lending within FHLBank Atlanta’s district. The Advisory Council provides advice to FHLBank Atlanta’s board of directors regarding ways in which the Bank can enhance the effectiveness of its housing finance and community lending mission.

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
FHLBank Atlanta offers competitively-priced financing, community development grants, and other banking services to help member financial institutions make affordable home mortgages and provide economic development credit to neighborhoods and communities. The Bank's members—its shareholders and customers—are commercial banks, credit unions, savings institutions, community development financial institutions, and insurance companies located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. FHLBank Atlanta is one of 11 district banks in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. Since 1990, the FHLBanks have awarded approximately $5.4 billion in Affordable Housing Program funds, assisting more than 827,000 households.

For more information, visit our website at www.fhlbatl.com.

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