homelessness

The Causes

  • Unemployment
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental illness
  • Veterans’ inability to secure benefits
  • Substance abuse
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More Details on the Issue

Street to Home provides housing and supportive services for chronically homeless people. The program targets homeless individuals under bridges and on the streets, offering housing and appropriate assistance and services. In the last year:

  • More than 800 men and women entered the program
  • 75 percent of these people have successfully moved into permanent housing
  • Vets Connect works to connect eligible veterans with housing vouchers and coordinate services with partner agencies that are also serving homeless veterans
  • In Atlanta, veterans account for more than 21 percent of the homeless population
  • 80 percent of homeless veterans are eligible for services through the VA
  • Only 32 percent are accessing those support services

Michael's Story

In Atlanta, veterans account for more than 21 percent of the homeless population. While 80 percent of homeless veterans are eligible for services through the VA, only 32 percent are accessing those support services. Veteran Michael Couch enrolled in the military at age 17 and returned to civilian life at age 23 with training as a military contractor and engineer. He never envisioned a three-year stint of homelessness — but it happened. With the help of United Way’s Regional Commission on Homelessness’ Vets Connect program, Michael is getting his life back on track; he is seeking out job training through the Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program and considering a future in social work.

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Our Valued Partners

ASSESSMENT CENTERS

A Friends House
Association on Battered Women of Clayton
County, Inc.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc.
Flint Circuit Council on Family Violence
Genesis A New Life
Gwinnett Children’s Shelter
MUST Ministries, Inc.
Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Project ReNeWal
Salvation Army
Shepherds Rest Ministries
The Community Welcome House, Inc.
The Drake House

TRANSITIONAL AND PERMANENT HOUSING

Action Ministries, Inc.
Atlanta Outreach Project, Inc.
Calvary Refuge Center, Inc.
CaringWorks, Inc.
Cherokee Family Violence Center
CHRIS Kids
Cobb County Center for Children
and Young Adults
Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc.
Families First
Gateway Center
Hearts to Nourish Hope
House of Dawn Inc
Housing Initiative of North Fulton
Mary Hall Freedom House
Partnership Against Domestic Violence
Phoenix Pass, Inc.
Salvation Army
St Judes Recovery Center
The Center for Family Resources
The Extension, Inc.
The Young Adult Guidance Center, Inc.
Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.
YWCA of Northwest Georgia, Inc.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Atlanta Legal Aid Society
CHRIS Kids
Clayton County Family Care, Inc.
Community Action Center, Inc.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry, Inc.
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
Latin American Association
North Fulton Community Charities
Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund
Salvation Army
Sullivan Center
The Center for Family Resources
Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc.