Nicholas House provides four housing programs along with supportive services to meet the various levels of need that homeless families in Atlanta face. With our continuum of care, we are addressing the unique challenges facing homeless families.
Many shelters must separate couples, siblings and fathers from daughters or 12-year-old boys from mothers. NHI is different. We provide a safe, temporary shelter for families of any size or makeup in order to keep them intact and off the street.
Last year, we helped more people than ever in our 30-year history. NHI cared for more than 100 families – over 300 people, 230 of whom are children.
In all four of our housing models, we provide case management and goal setting with a strong emphasis on accountability. We work with each participant to mitigate the root causes of homelessness through programs to help with employment, money management, family skills and more.
Adult Education and Training
NHI Adult Education and Training programs help create a new future by defining goals and providing the educational and training support to make their dreams a reality.
Each family establishes an Individual Service Plan and sets long-term goals. Twice-weekly evening course offerings cover 24 different topics ranging from interview skills, resume writing, budget management, debt reduction, computer use, parenting skills, stress management and other professional or life skills.
Regular meetings with a case manager ensure accountability toward achieving the plan, and continued progress toward goals is a requirement for continued program participation and housing.
70% of the homeless people housed by Nicholas House are children.
Our Youth Services programs focus on breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness for future generations, while simultaneously supporting a healthy family life today. NHI’s comprehensive Youth Services address the unique educational, emotional, social and behavioral needs of homeless children with after-school programming, a nine-week summer camp, evening activity hours and mentoring designed for age-specific groups.
The focus is on establishing educational and life-long personal skills that will create a healthy, productive and self-sufficient adult.
Nicholas House follows families after they leave our program for up to two years in order to maintain contact, assess long-term success, and ensure full transition to self-sufficiency so that no unforeseen problems create a relapse to homelessness. More than 40 families are currently in our Aftercare Program.
Though it is somewhat unconventional to continue future contact with participants, NHI remains connected with our families. Research shows that two years after leaving Nicholas House, more than 70% of families continue to earn a living wage, maintain their own housing and have a healthy family environment — a high success rate we are pleased to see year after year.