What truly sets us apart from our competition is our people.
HDP’s experience has enabled us to develop expertise in a multitude of financing tools including but not limited to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), State Tax Credit, Housing Trust Fund (HTF), Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), HOPE VI, American Recover and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), tax exempt bonds, conventional debt and HUD FHA debt resulting in over $440 million of development.
A. Fulton Meachem, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer.
MeachemAs President and CEO, Fulton is responsible for the oversight and effective operation of one of the most progressive housing authorities in the nation. He has over 20 years experience in the affordable housing industry and has extensive experience in developing and executing workforce housing, resident services, and housing operations. He is skilled in developing community partnerships and fostering strong relationships with Boards, staff and residents.
Due to an entrepreneurial nature, Fulton started two 501(c)(3) organizations to garner private dollars for public causes such as funds for post secondary education and the construction of high quality affordable housing. He has successfully led development efforts which resulted in the creation of over 1600 mixed-income apartments using a myriad of sources such as HOPE VI funding, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Tax Exempt Bond Financing.
Fulton serves on a number of boards and committees including the Centralina Council of Governments’ Connect Our Future Consortium, Urban Land Institute (ULI) Steering Committee, and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Coalition on Housing. He is a member of the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and the Public Housing Authorities Directors Association.
He is married to Jeanette Meachem and serves as the part-time bus driver for his 11-year old baseball star, Bryce. His oldest son, Brannon, is a junior at his alma mater, North Carolina Central University.
Troy A. Drawz, Chief Development Officer.
DrawzMr. Drawz joined HDP after working with the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA) from 2011 until late 2014, where he served as the Director of Development and Construction and as a Development Project Manager. He also served as Executive Director of Vancouver Affordable Housing, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit subsidiary of VHA focused on real estate development, property management and asset disposition. In addition to his 12 years’ experience in the development of affordable and public housing, Mr. Drawz has a diverse range of experience in the private sector, including Avamere Health Services, where he managed real estate development of senior independent living facilities. He recently moved to Charlotte from Portland, Oregon where he lived for many years.
Jeff Meadows, Senior Development Officer.
Mr. Meadows has been with HDP since 2005 and brings to the Real Estate Development Group more than 14 years’ experience in the affordable housing industry. From 1994 through 2000 he was a City Planner and Community Development Coordinator in the City of Cape Coral, Florida managing a grant program in excess of $2M. In 2000, he joined the City of Charlotte, NC as the Housing Services Supervisor and participated in managing the City’s Housing Trust Fund (HTF) valued at over $47M as the fund’s chief underwriter. He has also received certifications from: the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP); and the National Development Council’s Housing Development Finance Professional (HDFP). Mr. Meadows earned a B.S. in Liberal Studies with concentrations in Business, Education, Humanities and Social Sciences and a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Central Florida. He has overseen renovations of McMullen Woods, Mill Pond and Seneca Woods, as well as been the lead development officer on numerous new construction projects, including the Vistas @ 707, Prosperity Creek, Steele Creek Seniors, 940 Brevard, Springcroft at Ashley Square and Ashley Square at SouthPark.
John Woods, Senior Development Officer.
John Woods joined the HDP Team in June of 2016 bringing close to 30 years of experience in the Housing and Community Development field to his role as Senior Development Officer. Mr. Woods’ three decades of hands-on experience includes over a dozen years of leadership roles in the creation of affordable housing developments including all aspects of securing and implementing Low Income Housing Tax Credits in both the public and non-profit sectors. Mr. Woods most recently served as the Deputy Director of Planning and Development for the Cambridge Housing Authority where he played an instrumental role in the Authorities success in transforming their public housing stock to their non-profit affiliate. Mr. Woods was also a catalyst for the creation of hundreds of units of affordable housing in the Allston-Brighton Neighborhood of Boston during his time as Director of Housing Development at the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corporation. Mr. Woods received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Salem State University in Massachusetts.
Twyla G. Taylor, Director, Director of Relocation & Acquisition.
Ms. Taylor has been with HDP since its launch. She brings to the Real Estate Development Team more than 30 years of experience in the public and affordable housing industries. As the previous Assistant Director of HOPE VI, Ms. Taylor was instrumental in the receipt and implementation of the first three HOPE VI grants and later was part of the team instrumental in preparing and subsequently receiving a fourth HOPE VI grant. Prior to joining the CHA, Ms. Taylor worked with the Springfield Housing Authority in Illinois for 12 years as the Director of Modernization, Development, Procurement and Maintenance. Ms. Taylor currently manages all Relocation, Acquisition, Demolition and Disposition activities for the Real Estate Division and is a licensed Real Estate Broker and certified Housing Development Finance Professional.
Carl A. Harris, Associate AIA, ARM, Director of Construction.
Mr. Harris has been with HDP since 2009. Mr. Harris brings to the Real Estate Development Team more than 24 years of planning, design and construction industry experience to include architectural, engineering construction disciplines and construction management experience in residential, commercial, roadway, infrastructure, bridge improvements and site development construction. Mr. Harris has managed over $1 billion in construction projects. Mr. Harris attended Appalachian State University, Boone, NC and North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC and has a B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology with a concentration in Architectural Design, Urban & Regional Planning/Community Development. He is a licensed general contractor in both North and South Carolina.