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
Eden Village 1 is the “One-Stop Shop for Women in Crisis.” This expansive center features 40 hotel-style rooms designed exclusively for mothers with children. The facility accommodates residents for up to 180 days if needed. In addition to housing, Eden Village offers medical, vision, dental, and mental health care through Mercy Care.
During their stay residents have access to a wide array of services, including 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 outcomes of Eden Village 1 are:
- 92% of mothers with children who completed the program in the last 18 months graduated on to live in a better home
- 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 residents at Eden Village 1 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