Selina Beene

Selina Beene

Selina Beene has devoted more than 15 years of her life to ensuring that chronically homeless individuals and families have access to quality housing and the resources necessary to overcome their special needs. It is her belief that once they receive adequate housing and support they will addictions and other barriers that hold them hostage to recurring homelessness.

Ms. Beene began her career as a Substance Abuse Treatment Supervisor in Ohio and later accepted a position as the Facility Coordinator where she was responsible for program operations, policy analysis and development, budget administration, and training for certified personnel. There she served in a number of administrative capacities in the fields of substance abuse and case management services.
Throughout her collegiate career, Ms. Beene was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies and selected to Who’s Who Among American College Students and remained on the President’s/Dean’s List. She went on to earn a Masters of Business Administration degree from The University of Findlay and received certifications from Capella University in Addictions Counseling and Management of Non-Profit Agencies. Ms. Beene is presently pursuing a PhD in Human Services, specializing in Management of Non-Profit Agencies from Capella University.

Beene served on the Board of Directors for Fulton County Drug and Alcohol Court and was appointed as a Grants Reviewer on the federal, state, and local levels to include the US Department of Health and Human Services – Office of Community Services, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative on Homelessness (City of Atlanta, DeKalb County, and Fulton County). She solidified her commitment to meeting the needs of the homeless population by serving on the National Coalition to End Homelessness, Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness, the Mayor’s Faith-Based Roundtable (City of Atlanta), the Fulton County Collaboration to Reduce Homelessness (Jefferson Place), and Homeless Action Group committees advocating an end to homelessness.

Ms. Beene has been a champion for people and families suffering from substance abuse, mental illness, and HIV/AIDS related health issues as well as low-income families and individuals. Her innovative approach to transitional and permanent supportive housing has an end goal of “taking people from homelessness to homeownership” and a 90% success rate in moving chronically homeless individuals from her program to non-supportive, permanent living conditions. Beene describes chronically homelessness individuals as people that are without a stable residence or a sense of permanence on a regular basis. These citizens not only include people living on the streets and under bridges, but those that may transition from shelter to shelter, cot to cot, or couch to couch on a regular basis. People need to know that if a person doesn’t have a stable place to call home they are chronically homeless, even without ever having slept outside.

In 2001, Selina Beene and Jake Curtis founded H.O.P.E. Through Divine Intervention, Inc. (HTDI) in response to the swelling homeless problem and lack of resources in Atlanta. Under Beene’s direction HTDI has since become a Public Housing Agency (PHA), state approved Community Development Housing Organization (CHDO) creating affordable housing for low-to-moderate income families, Community Development Corporation (CDC), and authorized purchaser of HUD and Chase Real Estate Owned (REO) properties. Ms. Beene has been instrumental in helping to create affordable housing opportunities for low-income households and persons with special needs throughout the Greater Atlanta Metropolitan Area.

In 2010, HTDI began working with the Wells Fargo Bank REO program and has received over 100 properties located throughout 14 states, including Michigan, Ohio, Alabama and Georgia. These donated properties have been utilized to provide home ownership and rental opportunities for low- to moderate-income individuals and families. The H.O.P.E. Towards Home Ownership Program offers options including lease purchase and below market sales. One exciting component gives home owners facing foreclosure the ability to stay in their homes with the goal of ownership within 60 to 72 months.
Because of her passion for helping people, Selina Beene’s vision for the future of HTDI includes the expansion of existing programs as well as housing and commercial development to support the creation of new job opportunities. Under Ms. Beene’s direction, HTDI is committed and uniquely suited to offer HOPE where there may seem to be none. Helping Other People Excel in life using housing as the platform gives HTDI purpose and focus.