HOMEFIRST

HomeFirst is a partnership between the City of Atlanta acting through Invest Atlanta (IA) and the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness (RCOH). It was created to invest in housing strategies and supportive services that reduce homeless counts in Atlanta.

ABOUT

HomeFirst is a partnership between the City of Atlanta acting through Invest Atlanta (IA) and the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness (RCOH). It was created to capitalize on the community’s success in reducing homeless counts in Atlanta. In February 2017, the City of Atlanta made a bold commitment of $25 million in City funds to match private contributions to the HomeFirst initiative. Working together, IA and the RCOH will invest $50 million in City and private funds, and seek to leverage $66 million in state and federal funds, to make homelessness in Atlanta rare, brief and nonrecurring.  Other key partners for the HomeFirst initiative include Partners for Home, the Atlanta Continuum of Care fand the Atlanta Housing Authority.

INVESTMENT PROCESS

All investments must be aligned with ClearPath, the City of Atlanta’s 5-year strategic plan to make homelessness in Atlanta rare, brief, and nonrecurring.  Partners for HOME will serve as the lead staff for HomeFirst Atlanta assisted by the staff of the RCOH.  Investments will be made based on recommendations of the HomeFirst Allocation Committee, which includes two members appointed by RCOH, two members appointed by Invest Atlanta and one member mutually agreed upon by RCOH and Invest Atlanta.

For all projects other than supportive housing projects, Partners for HOME, on behalf of HomeFirst, will prepare and release an RFP that includes funding parameters and expectations set forth by partners or policies outlined in ClearPath.  Responses to RFP solicitation will be reviewed and scored by the appropriate scoring committee and recommendations for funding will be made by PfH to the Allocation Committee.

POLICY OBJECTIVES

  • Permanent Supportive Housing
  • Rapid Re-housing
  • Continuum of Care Infrastructure: Coordinated Entry, and Outreach
  • Housing Subsidy and Services
  • Emergency low barrier shelter
  • Evidence based pilots focused on youth, prevention, and diversion

MEETING PSH GOALS

On behalf of HomeFirst, Partners for HOME and the Atlanta Housing Authority will issue a rolling application related to projects for permanent supportive housing supportive.  HomeFirst funding areas will include capital, operating and program services. The application was developed in conjunction with the Corporation for Supportive Housing; HUD; the Permanent Supportive Housing Pipeline Committee; and reviewed by the Allocation Committee. The application was released in 2018 and will remain open until funds are expended.

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