In August, the HomeAid board of directors unanimously approved a new project at SafeHouse Outreach in downtown Atlanta. SafeHouse Outreach provides practical, emotional, and physical assistance to those in-need; helping to integrate people back into society –to lead healthy, functional lives. The project will be a renovation of a small apartment building as well as the house on the adjacent lot to provide shelter for up to 30 homeless individuals enrolled in SafeHouse Outreach's Career Development Program. Adding these beds marks the beginning of a new program for SafeHouse giving the individuals in their current programs stable housing to help ensure success.
Another project on the horizon is a renovation for HOPE Atlanta. HOPE Atlanta provides a comprehensive approach to address homelessness and provide solutions that promote lifelong stability. Renovations would transform a 1930s nurses’ barracks at Fort McPherson into 17 units to house up to 30 homeless veterans for an average of eight months as they transition into stable housing. A major renovation at Clifton Sanctuary Ministries, located in Atlanta's Lake Claire neighborhood, is tentatively set to begin before the end of this year. CSM serves homeless men by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, along with programs and services. The project will renovate a commercial kitchen in the main building and three kitchens in CSM's apartment building, as well as replace flooring, insulate and replace windows, and provide external repairs and painting throughout.
A potential project in southwest Atlanta is in the research phase. In fall of 2015, Georgia Tech launched a new Serve-Learn-Sustain initiative. The Georgia Tech School of Building Construction, in partnership with HomeAid Atlanta and other partners, began exploration of an idea to construct a homeless shelter at an abandoned warehouse on Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta. The shelter, if realized, would provide shelter and services for approximately 75 homeless individuals.
As with all HomeAid build
projects, HomeAid aims to help service providers significantly save on construction costs through donations from building industry professionals. HomeAid is excited about these upcoming renovation projects and needs your help to make these them a reality. The key to HomeAid Atlanta's success is leveraging in-kind donations of building materials and labor from professional builders and their trade partners to multiply the impact of every cash donation received.
If you are interested in volunteering your services as a builder captain or donating materials or expertise to help build new lives with HomeAid and these worthy organizations, please contact Mandy Crater, HomeAid Executive Director at 678-775-1451 or firstname.lastname@example.org.