At Nicholas House, families are what we do. Find information about eligibility and alternative sources of help here.
I don’t have any children, but I need a place to stay tonight. Can I stay at Nicholas House?
No. Nicholas House provides housing for homeless families consisting of at minimum one parent or guardian and one child. Our residents stay with us for an extended period of time while participating in our programs. We do not provide walk-in emergency shelter and we do not have a wait list.
How can I get into your program?
To qualify for our program, you must be homeless, have custody of your child(ren) and be located in the City of Atlanta, DeKalb County or Fulton County. Access to all Nicholas House programs is through a community-wide coordinated entry system to ensure that you are matched with the services that best meet your needs in the fastest way possible.
If you are homeless and seeking services, please contact the following Coordinated Entry Access Points based on your location. The Coordinated Entry Access Point will then conduct an assessment and refer you to the appropriate program or service as openings become available.
Coordinated Entry Access Points
City of Atlanta
Go to the Gateway Center
275 Pryor Street, Atlanta, GA 30312
Monday-Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Ask the front desk for a housing assessment. Assessments are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that this location also serves as a single men’s shelter, but it is the designated assessment center for families and all others seeking housing services within City of Atlanta limits. They do not accept calls about housing assessments- you must go in person.
City of Atlanta Coordinated Entry Mobile Access Points
The City of Atlanta has officially started new mobile access points for coordinated entry assessments in addition to the regular hours at the Gateway Center:
- First Presbyterian: Mondays 12pm – 4pm & 1st and 3rd Sundays 6:30am – 8:30am (outreach only)
- Atlanta Mission: Tuesdays 8:30am – 3:30pm
- Crossroads: Wednesdays 8:30am – 3:30pm
- City of Refuge: 1st and 3rd Fridays 9:00am – 3:00pm
- Central Outreach: 2nd and 4th Fridays from 9:00am-3:30pm
Youth-specific (ages 18-24):
- @ Promise Center: Monday & Tuesday:10:00 am- 6:00 pm
- Lost – N – Found Youth: Wednesdays 10am-5pm
- CHRIS 180 The Spot:Thursday and Fridays 10am – 6pm
- Covenant House of Georgia: Mondays – Fridays 9am – 4pm
You can find this list any time on the Partners for Home website.
Fulton County (outside of the City of Atlanta)
Call Zion Hill Community Development Corporation
Call them and follow the housing prompts. They will conduct an assessment and refer accordingly.
Contact any agency in DeKalb and ask for a coordinated entry pre-screen to be directed to the lead agency focused on a specific group, such as: veterans, men, women, families, unaccompanied youth. For families, the lead agency is:
Decatur Cooperative Ministry
Contact any ONE of the following agencies to request an assessment and receive a housing referral:
Daily 10 am – 2 pm
The Center for Family Resources
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 4 pm
Wednesday: 1 pm – 4 pm
Friday: 9 am – 12 pm
All Others: 678-370-0543
Veterans: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 3 pm
All Others: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 12 pm, 1 pm – 2 pm
770-590-9075, ext. 306
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 am – 12 pm
Persons fleeing domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, please contact liveSAFE Resources’ 24-hour Crisis Line: 770-427-3390
Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter
The Salvation Army
South West Georgia Community Action Council
The City of Hinesville
All Other Georgia Counties
Call the toll-free state hotline for referral to an agency in your area
United Way 211 Atlanta
Information and referral line that provides referrals to agencies that assist with rent, utilities, shelters, clothing, meals, groceries, childcare, medical care, and more.