Hanna Helps the Homeless

  • Written by Steel Rose

Not long after our Monday post about a major rezoning request at Johnson Ferry and Shallowford roads, we heard from Fred Hanna, the prominent debt-collection lawyer and East Cobb resident who with his wife owns much of the land that’s being proposed for a church and townhomes.

What’s been put on the Cobb zoning calendar in December would be a new campus of the Alpharetta-based North Point Ministries plus 125 townhomes on 33 acres.

Hanna’s private property company and a non-profit ministry run by his wife have owned most of that property for nearly two decades.

Hanna Land Company owns 15 parcels and the True Vine Experience Foundation—which works to help those at risk of homelessness—owns 14 parcels. Another was owned by Sara Sweeney, a chiropractor whose office is on Shallowford Road.

Hanna told us he hoped the county would approve the church “and let it be tall and shine a light in the face of Tokyo Valentino [the controversial new adult retail store further down Johnson Ferry, whose business license was revoked last month by the county].

“Let’s send a message of what East Cobb is about.”

He said he bought his first property there, a house on Shallowford Road, in 2003 with the intention of knocking it down for redevelopment.

Lynn Hanna, his wife, urged him to let some needy people move in instead, and a family of four soon began living there rent-free.

Hanna bought 24 more homes in the same neighborhood, and many of those dwellings have been occupied by people trying to fend off homelessness. To read more click here