Eden Village 2 is a six month program designed for up to 80 women without children. In addition to housing, Eden Village 2 includes full medical, mental health, and education support services. One of the core goals of this housing solution is to help women with undiagnosed mental health issues.
Our Homelessness Problem
According to the Department of Community Affairs’ “2013 Report on Homelessness”, the area of Fulton, DeKalb, and Gwinnett counties are responsible for the highest instances of homelessness in the state. There are over 10,000 people in the Metro Atlanta area battling homelessness on any given night with over 40% being women and children. A disproportionate number (38%) of the survey’s respondents indicated they suffered from mental illness and addictive diseases. Unfortunately, these people do not have the financial means or health care to seek treatment.
Our Homelessness Solution
City of Refuge began providing an emergency night shelter for homeless women since 2005. Eden Village 2 offers 80 beds for single women without children. It’s a six month program that includes supportive services, such as case management, food service, daycare/preschool, after school tutoring for children, GED preparation, primary medical care and mental health treatment, job readiness training, job placement, and transition into permanent housing. Some the key measurable objectives of Eden Village 2 are:
- 60% of residents that had their kids taken away were approved for reunification with their kids.
- 80% of women retain permanent housing 90 days after leaving the program.
- 90% of unemployed women enroll in Good Works Staffing and 50% secure employment before leaving Eden Village.
- 80% of women participate in financial literacy classes
All single women receive individualized case management services. The case manager and resident will develop a service plan together. Goals will be set and time frames established for the achievement of those plans. The goal is to address the employment, housing, educational, physical and mental health, and child-related needs of all residents. The “self-support focused” care management model of City of Refuge incorporates three (3) components:
- Individual Service Plan development
- Goal Setting
- Strength/needs Identification
- Linkage to needed resources
- Improve access to services
- Individualized support
- Evaluation of current service plan
- Continued program participation
- Development of transition plan