Community Resources Directory
The Directory provides a list of local and national resources for vulnerable and homeless teens and young adults living in the Atlanta Metro Area. To access the resources, scroll down, choose a category, then click on your choice, a list will appear, then click the name of the listing to reach a detailed description with a map below.
What We Do
Nicholas House is a nonprofit agency that operates an emergency shelter as well as scattered apartment sites for homeless families of any composition. We assist homeless families in making the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency in a structured but home-like environment through one of several housing programs. Nicholas House is committed to assisting its families attain three goals that form the basis of self-sufficiency:
Earn a living wage.
Maintain the physical, mental, and social health of parents and children.
Maintain safe and stable housing.
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 guidance 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:
Our emergency shelter located in Grant Park is for homeless families without income needing a place to stabilize and gain employment. It can accommodate about 50 individuals, including 12 different families at any given time. Families can be as small as 2 individuals or as large as 12.
Homeless to Homes (H2H)
This is 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. These families 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 being to renew their lease and pay full rent on their own by the end of the year long period.
This is a rapid rehousing + homelessness prevention program for homeless families with enough income to pay rent, but who are in need of initial help. We assist with 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 month’s rent, and other cost barriers to help these families establish stable housing. We can even assist with back rent payments to prevent eviction. The goal of this program is to allow families to maintain long-term housing on their own based.
This program is a permanent supportive housing program for chronically homeless families with no income, plus additional barriers in the form of a disability. We place families into immediate permanent support housing in the form of apartments leased by Nicholas House. New Horizons families often come directly from street outreach teams or emergency shelters. Once families are settled in, case managers provide additional services that incorporate best practices based on national research, including harm reduction and motivational interviewing techniques.
If you are looking for more information about qualifying for any of these Nicholas House programs, visit the Get Help page on the website.
Adult Education and Training
Our Adult Education and Training programs help families create a new future by defining goals and providing the educational training and support to make their dreams a reality.
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.
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.
Visit Nicholas House Youth Services page on the website for more information about these programs.
Open Arms, Inc. began in 1991 in response to a Grand Jury’s recommendations to fight child abuse. It is the mission of Open Arms, Incorporated to bring healing, hope, and help to children, adults, and their families in need of support, intervention, and prevention as a result of child abuse and homelessness, in all its forms.
Runaway and Homeless Programs
The purpose of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Program is to reduce the number of runaway and homeless youth on the street or in crisis and to reduce the numbers of children reported to or taken into the custody local law enforcement and child protective service agencies due to youth being in crisis situations, familial dysfunction/poor family relationships, and non-compliant behavior.
Transitional Living Program:
Transitional Living Program (TLP) is for TLP youth to successfully transition from their state of being a runaway or homeless youth to being a positive, self-sufficient, and productive citizen in our community.
Through this program, Open Arms, Inc. conducts outreach designed to build relationships between our staff and homeless street youth. The goal of these efforts is to help young people leave the streets.
HUD Street Outreach:
HUD Street Outreach Program provides essential services necessary to reach out to unsheltered homeless people of all ages, prioritizing youth; connecting them with emergency shelter, housing, or critical services; and provide urgent, non-facility‐based care to unsheltered homeless people who are unwilling to exit the streets at the time of contact.
Maternity Group Home:
The Maternity Group Home (MGH) Program is a supervised scattered-site apartment design that houses and supports up to four youth at a time, with a maximum of two children each. Services are provided for up to 21 months, or until a youth turns 18 years old, if they enter a program at age 16.
Rapid Re-Housing Program provides short-term rental assistance and services, with services ending once rental assistance terminates.
Emergency Shelter (DCA): Provides immediate shelter for individuals or families (youth are prioritized) that are literally homeless (e.g., living on the streets, in cars, places not meant for habitation, etc.). With an average stay of 30 days, clients stay in our shelter and their basic needs are met.
The Bridge: Accommodates children from birth to 18 years of age. During their time at the Bridges all of their necessities are provided: food, clothing, shelter, recreation, job training, advocacy, education, as well as counseling by a staff therapist.
Go to Open Arms, Inc. website for additional information about their housing options.
How We Help
Focus on the Journey-
The paths that lead to experiencing homelessness vary greatly, but the commonality is that residents arrive in survival mode. Our programming guidelines for residents focuses on Family Stability, Well-being, Financial Management, Education & Training, and Employment & Career.
Rainbow Village is not an emergency shelter.
The ASPIRE program provides safe, stable housing and supportive services for families experiencing homelessness for up to two years.
The THRIVE Alumni program provides an additional three years of supportive services to families after completing the ASPIRE program.
The ACADEMY provides academic enrichment and afterschool programming for children of ASPIRE and THRIVE participants.
Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
For additional information about Rainbow Village go to their website.