“This is a pivotal time for the Atlanta community as there are so many people coming together in agreement to enact our strategic plan to end homelessness in Atlanta. By creating a united and coordinated crisis response system across metro Atlanta, we are poised to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.”

Cathryn Marchman, MSW, Esq.,
Chief Executive Officer, Partners for HOME


In June 2013, the Atlanta City Council approved Mayor Reed’s creation of a new nonprofit to manage the Atlanta Continuum of Care for homeless services. Partners for HOME incorporated in 2014 and opened its offices in the Atlanta City Hall with the mandate to administer the local HUD CoC grant and lead the City’s coordinated strategy on homelessness.

Partners for HOME’s governance structure was determined to be the best fit for Atlanta because it provides more flexibility for layering public and private resources. Given the tremendous support from civic, corporate, philanthropic, and faith partners, creating an independent agency to steward resources with accountability and transparency was celebrated as a crucial next step in Atlanta’s effort to prevent and end homelessness.

Federal Strategic Plan

Opening Doors is the nation’s first comprehensive federal strategy to prevent and end homelessness. It was presented to the Office of the President and Congress on June 22, 2010, and updated and amended in 2012 and 2015 to reflect what we have learned over the past six years. View the Opening Doors strategic plan.


  • Prevent and end homelessness among Veterans in 2015
  • Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2017
  • Prevent and end homelessness for families with children and youth in 2020
  • Set a path to ending all types of homelessness




Atlanta CoC Charter

What does ending homelessness mean?

An end to homelessness means every community will have a systematic response o ensure homelessness is prevented whenever possible or if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and nonrecurring experience.

Every community will have the capacity to quickly identify and engage people at risk of and experiencing homelessness; intervene to prevent the loss of housing and divert people from the homelessness services system; and provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services — without barriers to entry — while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured. When people are experiencing homelessness, quick connection to housing assistance and services that are tailored to a person’s unique needs will help them achieve and maintain stable housing.

Partners for HOME focuses its collaborative efforts on creating an attainable path out of homelessness. Our ClearPath initative aims to make homelessness rare, brief and nonrecurring.