As the entry point for every woman and child into City of Refuge, Eden Village 3 is designed to be a 30-day emergency assessment center. During this 30 days, all residents are assigned a case manager to determine if they are candidates for other long-term housing programs.
Our Homelessness Problem
Atlanta has a growing need for transitional housing. On any given night, there are over 10,000 people in the Metro Atlanta area experiencing homelessness. Over 40% of this population is estimated to be women and children. According to data from The National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH), 1 in 50 American children are homeless. In the State of Georgia, over 58,000 children suffer from this pandemic, and it’s estimated that 42% of these homeless children are under six years of age. Unfortunately, there is no reliable method for counting everyone suffering from homelessness, especially the “temporarily homeless,” such as those who sleep in their cars or on the sofa of a friend.
Our Homelessness Solution
At City of Refuge, we are not looking to provide handouts. Instead, our Eden Village housing program is designed to equip this underserved poopulation with the tools to gain economic independence and self sufficiency. Eden Village 3 is the entry point for every homeless woman and child in Atlanta. When they are found to be homeless by any organization, Eden Village 3 acts as a 30-day emergency assessment center. During this 30 days, all residents are assigned a case manager to determine if they are candidates for other long-term housing programs, such as Eden Village 2 or Eden Village 1.
While summers at Eden Village 3 will average anywhere from 65-70 residents, this number can double to 125 during Atlanta’s unforgiving winters. The goal of Eden Village 3 is to provide temporary housing assistance for women and children. We also look to qualify residents for long-term solutions that lead to:
- Employment assistance
- Permanent housing
- Access to quality healthcare
- Empowerment through education and training
- Basic needs, such as identification, government benefits, etc.
- Childcare and youth development programming
- Financial management and life skills training
Eden Village is making a difference!