Who Do We Help?
Unlike any time in America's history, today's homeless are often children, women, and families. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of today's homeless are not the people seen 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. In fact, it is estimated that 67% percent of today's homeless population are not people that can be seen on the streets*. On any given night there are 564,708 homeless people in the United States*.
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 homeless families and individuals, which include:
- 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
Typically, 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.
*2015 Annual Homelessness Assessment Report, prepared by the Office of Community Planning and Development in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development