A PIVOTAL TIME FOR THE ATLANTA COMMUNITY
“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.
In 2014 Partners for HOME incorporated 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, as set forth by Atlanta’s Continuum of Care Governing Council and member agencies.
WHY WE EXIST
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 civil, 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.
We have had success in some areas, yet too often the work is done through individual efforts that don’t necessarily build upon the full expertise we have in Atlanta.
FIVE YEAR PLAN
Partners for HOME is focusing collaborative efforts by creating an attainable path for individuals and families. The ClearPath Initiative hopes to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring.
FEDERAL STRATEGIC PLAN: OPENING DOORS
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.
NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS
- 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
An end to homelessness means that every community will have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, or if it can’t be prevented, it is a rare, brief, and non-recurring experience.
Specifically, 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 entering the homelessness services system.
- When homelessness does occur, provide immediate access to shelter and crisis services, without barriers to entry, while permanent stable housing and appropriate supports are being secured, and quickly connect people to housing assistance and services—tailored to their unique needs and strengths—to help them achieve and maintain stable housing.