Who Do We Help?
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of people experiencing homelessness are not the people we see living on the street. They are the "invisible homeless" who are without a place to live due to unforeseen life circumstances (e.g. job loss, natural disaster, divorce, abuse, foreclosure or a medical condition)—situations that could affect anyone. Children, women, and families make up a great deal of the "invisible homeless" populaton. On a single night in 2018, roughly 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. About two-thirds (65%) were staying in sheltered locations—emergency shelters or transitional housing programs—and about one-third (35%) were in unsheltered locations such as on the street, in abandoned buildings, or in other places not suitable for human habitation.*
Think for a moment about the following situations: the mother who left an abusive relationship to protect her children, the father who moved his family to a transitional housing facility because he had to choose between rent and his child's cancer medicine, the pregnant teen living on the streets because she has nowhere to go and no one to turn to, the family without a home because everything was lost in a tornado... these are the people served by HomeAid Atlanta. HomeAid Atlanta builds housing and support facilities that serve families and individuals experiencing homelessness, including:
- Victims of domestic violence
- Pregnant teens
- At-risk and runaway teens
- Families experiencing temporary job loss
- Victims of natural disasters and other catastrophes
- Women escaping sex trafficking
- Individuals struggling with HIV & AIDS
- Individuals dealing with drug addiction and mental health issues
These are people who simply need a second chance to get back on their feet—a place to regroup, catch their breath and regain lives of self-sufficiency. HomeAid Atlanta truly helps those who want to help themselves—offering a hand up, not a hand out.
*2018 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, prepared by the Office of Community Planning and Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development