Location: Camden, N.J.
Leader: John O’Donnell
Website: The Michaels Organization
About The Michaels Organization
The Michaels Organization brings comprehensive solutions to communities that jumpstart education, civic engagement and neighborhood prosperity. Its business is more than bricks and mortar, pretty buildings and well-kept lawns. Its business is about people. Its success is rooted in its ability to effectively collaborate. For almost half a century now, The Michaels Organization has created a legacy that can be summed up in one phrase: "The world's a better place to live wherever we build and manage it." From residents to community leaders, to local businesses, to public officials and our housing partners, it builds consensus. It engages stakeholders to target needs and envision solutions. Out of this visioning, it produces master development plans that reshape entire neighborhoods and lift the lives of everyone. It generates long-term value for its residents, communities and investors. A Michaels neighborhood is a beautiful, bustling place to call home and a launching pad for people to move to the next level of their lives. Our dedication to excellence in affordable, market-rate, military and student housing can be seen in the 35 states, 145,000 residents and 400 communities that it serves. A national leader in residential real estate with full-service capabilities, Michaels is the No. 1 private affordable housing owner and developer in the nation, and has seen monumental success from both the strong teamwork between employees and the inspired direction from our leadership. Developing communities ranging from market-rate to 80% area median income (AMI) to 30% AMI to mixed-income properties that include units designated for the formerly homeless, a Michaels community is perfectly suited to the needs of its surrounding neighborhood. Michaels’ expertise spans the gamut; its affordable and workforce housing communities are located in urban centers, the suburbs and rural areas, and it engages local stakeholders to envision solutions that will work for that community.