The federal eviction moratorium expires on July 31. Let’s strengthen our support system for struggling families.
When the COVID19 economic crisis peaked in 2020, disproportionately affecting low-income Georgians, HOPE Atlanta received as many as 500 calls per week requesting housing assistance. Many were people struggling to pay rent.
“We have helped nearly 1,000 individuals with rapid re-housing since July 1, 2020,” said Jeff Smythe, CEO of HOPE Atlanta. “This has been critical for those who have already experienced evictions during the pandemic.”
With a 75% increase in calls for rental assistance amid the pandemic, experts have long feared a looming…
Introducing the #HOPEinActionChallenge. How will you make a difference?
Any of our HOPE Atlanta staff members could tell you stories about incredible acts of kindness they’ve seen on the job.
Just days ago, while our Community Engagement Partner, Kara, was buying groceries for the Women’s Community Kitchen, a kind gentleman at the store unexpectedly covered the bill. Hundreds of individuals and corporations spend their lunch breaks or Saturdays volunteering with us to provide meals for women and children facing homelessness, or pack meals for our hungry neighbors. Last year, an anonymous donor made an extraordinary and unexpected gift that helped…
It’s Pride Month, but we’re caring for our LGBTQ+ neighbors every day.
Like far too many transgender women, Tenay found herself facing an impossible choice. To flee her home, where she was being abused, meant facing homelessness. But, ultimately, she chose to leave. It was then that she contacted HOPE Atlanta.
“A lot of trans women don’t like to get help until their back is against the wall,” Tenay said. “They don’t want to be ostracized, don’t want people staring at them.”
Carley Stephens, Gas South’s Community Affairs Program Manager, on building a culture of giving
Many organizations tout their philanthropic initiatives. But, at Gas South, giving back is simply part of the company’s DNA.
Gas South’s mission, “Be a Fuel for Good,” isn’t just a slogan in the company handbook or website. It’s an attitude embraced by the entire organization — from the many employees who volunteer their time to the bold, company-wide commitment to giving back at least 5% of profits each year to children in need.
Stories of sacrifice, resilience, and HOPE in the face of hardship
There’s a saying that goes, “Home is where Mom is.” No one understands that more than children who have experienced homelessness and housing insecurity. At the Atlanta Women’s Community Kitchen (WCK)*, motherly love is in full force. What began as a place for women to receive a hot meal has become a fully-fledged support system — something that every mom needs, but especially those who struggle and sacrifice to provide necessities for their families.
Laverne and Melissa, both moms and longtime WCK guests, are the embodiment of motherly love…
Ending homelessness, one homecoming story at a time
What if the only thing standing between you and a place to call home was the cost of a bus ticket? For many of the people who come to HOPE Atlanta for help, it isn’t just a bus ticket. It’s their ticket out of homelessness.
They want to get back to where they know they’ll be safe and welcome — in their home communities or with loved ones. They simply lack the means to get there. …
Celebrating the unsung heroes among us during National Volunteer Month
At 458 Ponce de Leon Avenue sits an unassuming brick building on the campus of Grace United Methodist Church. Inside, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, humble heroes gather.
This is the home of Downtown Atlanta’s Women’s Community Kitchen, a steadfast source of hot meals for women and children in need. Founded in 1984 as a program of Action Ministries (and now part of HOPE Atlanta), the Community Kitchen not only provides some 20,000 meals per year. It’s evolved into a welcoming community for women to feel supported amid challenges…
A veteran with more than ten years of service never deserves to live in a bus station. Yet, that is where U.S. Army veteran Graham found himself just over a year ago, right before the start of COVID.
After he completed his service in 2012, Graham had looked forward to building a good life for his family. He enrolled in college and held down jobs, including helping other veterans at the VA hospital. But, like many veterans, he faced unique setbacks.
Under the surface, Graham was struggling with PTSD and chronic pain that took a toll and eventually made it…
April is National Volunteer Month, and it’s the perfect time to get involved!
Some days, our society’s challenges and shortcomings can feel impossibly overwhelming. It’s easy to feel helpless when you watch the news or become numb to the statistics around COVID-19, poverty, homelessness, hunger, and more.
But if you are in any position to serve, there’s always something you can do to help a struggling neighbor. As Mother Theresa once said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Here are some of the ways you can channel your compassion and get involved now.
There is an unfortunate misconception that homelessness is a personal failing, perhaps the result of laziness or other shortcomings. But most people experiencing homelessness have fallen on hard times due to circumstances beyond their control.
HOPE Atlanta caseworker Antoinette Fields hears these stories constantly. “Life happens to us,” she said. “If you lose a job, you have an illness, or for some reason you have to vacate your house, you can become homeless. Or, you could fall back on your rent.”
This was the unfortunate case for Jason, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, his wife Liz, and their son…
Our vision is to end hunger and homelessness for every Georgian.