Nicholas House is a nonprofit agency that operates a transitional housing shelter as well as scattered apartment sites for homeless families.
We assist homeless families in making the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency in a structured but home-like environment. Nicholas House (NHI) is committed to assisting its families attain three goals that form the basis of self-sufficiency.
- Earning a Living Wage.
- Maintaining the Physical, Mental and Social Health of Parents and Children.
- Maintaining Safe and Stable Housing.
Nicholas House understands that providing basic subsistence – food and shelter – is necessary but not sufficient to prevent most homeless families from becoming homeless again.
Addressing the Root Causes of Homelessness
We help families address the causes of their homelessness by offering counseling, case management, assistance with life skills and parenting and other supportive services targeted to each family’s individual needs. Families are eligible to participate in NHI programs for up to 12 months.
After they graduate, they are offered an additional two years of Aftercare Services so that they can cement the gains they made while in the program and maintain their self-sufficient lifestyle. That’s just one reason why NHI increasingly is the benchmark by which other homeless programs in the Atlanta area measure their success.
We work continuously to improve the quality of our programs and produce measurable results. These attainments are measured 6, 12 and 24 months after a family leaves our programs, and the success of the program is determined by how a family is doing a year or more after they have graduated from the program.
Nicholas House Keeps Families Intact
NHI accepts homeless families no matter what their size and makeup: expectant mothers, single mothers and fathers, couples and their children, including teenage male children, and large families with as many as 10 members.
Because most shelters are gender-specific, serving only men or women and their children, homelessness often separates family members from each other, oftentimes with devastating consequences.