our team

The owner, Richelle (Shelly) Patton, founded Collaborative Housing Solutions with decades of experience in the affordable housing industry. She possesses a depth of expertise in real estate finance and project management. She has advanced degrees in the area of City Planning, with backgrounds in accounting and urban studies. Collaborative Housing Solutions qualifies as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).


Richelle (Shelly) Patton,



Richelle (Shelly) Patton has been in the affordable housing development field since 1994 and has been involved in the development or preservation of over 20,000 housing units. In her current position, she administers the firm’s corporate affairs and provides development consulting to owners and public housing authorities, with a specialty in HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. She has consulted or is currently consulting on over 14,000 units on 90 properties (over $585 million in development costs) in the RAD program.

Prior to co-founding Collaborative Housing Solutions, she co-founded Tapestry Development Group, an affordable housing owner/developer, and has been in previous leadership positions in other affordable housing and community development organizations in Atlanta. Her expertise includes multi-layered financing and fostering collaboration between public and private sectors to develop mixed-income housing. She serves as Subject Matter Expert in efforts with state and federal agencies to create new and creative financing programs and policies for affordable housing development.

She has served as a speaker and trainer to a variety of stakeholder groups in the affordable housing field. She is active with several trade associations to advocate for sound public policies that support affordable housing. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association and serves as Vice Chair of the RAD Committee of the Georgia Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities. She founded and is on the Advisory Board of the Women’s Affordable Housing Network, an Atlanta-based effort for over 10 years to support women in the industry.

She was named as one of the top 12 Young Leaders in Affordable Housing in the nation by Affordable Housing Finance magazine. She has received a POW! Award from the online publication Womenetics for serving as a model of a purposeful business woman.

She is a graduate of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2010. She earned a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of City Planning degree from Georgia Tech. She completed an Executive Education program at Harvard Business School. She serves on various committees at her church.

She lives in Decatur with her husband David and sons Benjamin and Samuel and enjoys staying involved in the life of her former foster son Eric.

Phillip Gilman brings 7 years of experience in affordable housing to the Collaborative Housing Solutions team, most recently as the Director of the Office of Housing Finance at the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. In his current position at Collaborative, he is involved in all aspects of project management for the team’s consulting and development portfolio. In his leadership roles at DCA—Georgia’s Housing Finance Agency—Philip oversaw the allocation of 4% and 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, HOME Investment Partnership Program funds, and National Housing Trust Fund awards as well as the development of the State’s Qualified Allocation Plan.

Philip also brings both advocacy and construction experience from his work on the Hill with Enterprise Community Partner’s Public Policy office and building homes as an AmeriCorps leader with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

He has also completed the Rental Housing Development Finance Professional (RHDFP) certification from the National Development Council.

Philip is originally from Nashville and loves to spend free time outdoors rock climbing, hiking, and traveling.

Phillip Gilman development manager

Phillip Gilman

Development Manager