Nicholas House provides four housing programs along with supportive services to meet the various levels of need that homeless families in Atlanta face.
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 address the root causes of homelessness through programs to help with employment, money management, family skills and more. Our housing programs include:
Boulevard shelter: our emergency shelter located in Grant Park for homeless families without income needing a place to stabilize and gain employment. Can accommodate about 50 individuals from 12 different families at any given time. Families can be as small as 2 individuals or as large as 12.
Homeless to Homes (H2H): an apartment-based rapid rehousing program for homeless families with some income, but not enough to pay full rent. Participants lease an apartment in their own name and start paying 30% of their income toward rent while Nicholas House subsidizes the rest. They work with a case manager to increase their income and the proportion of rent they pay over the course of a year, with the goal at the end of the year that they are paying full rent on their own and only need to renew their lease.
Home Again: a rapid rehousing / homelessness prevention program for homeless families with enough income to pay rent but needing initial help, leasing advocacy or homeless prevention assistance due to temporary crisis. Nicholas House provides upfront support with application fees, utility and rental deposits, moving costs, initial months rent and other cost barriers to establishing housing or assists with back rent to prevent eviction. The family is then able to maintain housing long-term on their own based on their income.
New Horizons: a permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless families with no income plus additional barriers in the form of a disability. We place families immediately into permanent support housing in apartments leased by Nicholas House – straight from street outreach teams or emergency shelters. Once families are settled in, case managers provide additional services that incorporate best practice approaches based on national research. These include harm reduction and motivational interviewing techniques.
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Adult Education and Training
Nicholas House 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.
Youth Services Program
70% of the homeless people housed by Nicholas House are children.
Just like adults, each child receives specific program attention to address their unique needs. We evaluate each child’s academic, physical, social and emotional well-being. Nicholas House staff works with parents and children to develop programs that address their needs. Our comprehensive Youth Services program includes an After-School Program, evening activity hours and free summer camp.
The focus of our Youth Services Programs is on establishing educational and life-long personal skills that will create a healthy, productive and self-sufficient adult.
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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. Families have the support of and access to all resources available through the client services staff as well as the provision of emergency funds to prevent a recurrence of homelessness.
This program also allows Nicholas House to gather data regarding each family’s ability to maintain safe, stable housing and earn a living wage so that long-term outcomes are documented. Nicholas House then uses this information to improve and expand its programs.