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City of Atlanta, Atlanta Housing and Community Partners Develop Housing Units for Individuals Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

Post Date:11/01/2018 2:28 PM

Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

Michael Smith, Press Secretary
404-546-1465, office
470-372-8752, cell
mismith@atlantaga.gov

 

City of Atlanta, Atlanta Housing and Community Partners Develop Housing Units for Individuals Experiencing Chronic Homelessness

550 new permanent supportive housing units being developed for Atlanta’s homeless population

 

ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta and Atlanta Housing have announced a new partnership to develop 550 permanent supportive housing units through the HUD-funded initiative HomeFirst. This collaboration also involves Invest Atlanta, the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness, and Partners for HOME, a public–private entity commissioned by the City to proactively manage the continuum of care for Atlanta’s homeless population.

 “The fight to end homelessness cannot be won by any one organization or entity. We are committed to building sustainable public-private partnerships that can impact the lives of Atlantans across all sectors” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “While the City has made good progress, continued investments in long-term developments are essential to ensure homelessness in Atlanta is brief and nonrecurring.”

 The HomeFirst initiative, which will be administered by Partners for HOME, builds on the $50 million investment unveiled in 2017 and focuses on assisting the chronically homeless through permanent placement and project-based rental subsidies. Additionally, the grant funds support services including behavioral health, skill development and social connectivity.

 Cathryn Marchman, Executive Director of Partners for HOME said, “This is the first braided investment of its kind. By blending the operations expertise of Atlanta Housing, services from the philanthropic community and the leadership of Mayor Bottoms, this innovative partnership will enable us to effectively address chronic homelessness in Atlanta.”

“The incidence of homelessness in Atlanta is finally declining, and we are committed to continuing our efforts not only to get people off the streets, but to also provide the services they need to thrive,” said Brandon Riddick-Seals, interim President and CEO of Atlanta Housing. “Mayor Bottoms is blazing trails with respect to promoting public-private collaborations to address this issue in our community, and Atlanta Housing is excited to partner in this initiative and support those with the most urgent needs.”

 For eligibility standards and development requirements, please log on to the Partners for Home website, https://partnersforhome.org/pshpipline/. Contact Partners for HOME Executive Director Cathryn Marchman with questions.

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About Partners for HOME

Partners for HOME is an independent, non-profit corporation that pulls together nonprofit, government, and business leaders to zero in on a shared, consistent, and measured approach toward success.  Partners for HOME is creating a collective and clear path to making homelessness in Atlanta rare, brief and nonrecurring.  Working in partnership with over 75 non-profit organizations, Partners for HOME serves as an incubator to review and share innovative ideas and resources around tackling homelessness. www.partnersforhome.org

  

About Atlanta Housing

The Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta, Georgia (AH) is the largest housing authority in Georgia and one of the largest in the nation. AH provides and facilitates affordable housing resources for more than 23,000 low-income households comprised of approximately 50,000 people. These affordable housing resources include AH-owned residential communities, AH-sponsored mixed-income, mixed-finance residential communities, tenant-based vouchers, project based rental assistance, supportive housing arrangements and homeownership opportunities. AH’s programs are funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”).  Visit Atlanta Housing at http://www.atlantahousing.org or follow on Twitter and Instagram at @housingatlanta or Facebook at @AtlantaHousing

 

For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Bottoms on Facebook and Twitter @KeishaBottoms


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