House of Ruth Inc.

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We Are A 501c Non-Profit Organization

Mother and Child


Our Mission

Increase self-sufficiency of homeless women and veterans with or without children by providing housing, goal-setting strategies, and community resources with case management techniques to guide each individual through our "Fresh Start for Families Supportive Housing program" by empowering them to become independent by utilizing community resources.


Outreach Programs

Circumstances beyond their control can sometimes leave individuals and families in a bind. Our social services organization in Union City, Georgia, is committed to improving the lives of people who need assistance. Since 1998, the community outreach programs of House of Ruth Inc. have helped people in metro Atlanta find resources for life coaching, goal setting, rental assistance and housing.

Our CEO is a disabled veteran, so we excel at providing veterans with all types of assistance. However, we will help anyone who are in need of community resources. We are passionate about what we do.


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"There is nothing new about poverty
What is new is that we now have the techniques
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The real question is whether we have the will"
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Our History

We started our nonprofit after working with local homeless shelters. Although we have been doing outreach for a few years, we want to take it to another level with providing housing and available community resources.

Our Purpose

Our organization's main purpose is to get people off the streets, out of shelters, and into housing. With the aid of life skills coaching, we teach individuals how to become more self-sufficient and how to establish goals to achieve better lives. Additionally, our work to prevent homelessness includes community networking  to help clients avoid evictions.

Regarding families, we work with mothers and children, focusing on both child and adult education. We also help families understand the importance of spiritual empowerment and a relationship with God in living successful lives. If you want to help us improve the lives of veterans and other individuals and families, contact us for donation and volunteer information.


PROGRAM HISTORY

House Of Ruth

House of Ruth is a 501© nonprofit organization geared toward assisting homeless women with or without children to become self-sufficient, productive citizens.

From April 2003 through October 2006, our organization obtained permission from Mayor Shirley Franklin’s office to begin assessing the needs and providing resources for homeless women and children at the Ellis Street homeless shelter, a 120-bed facility in Atlanta, Ga.

In April of 2004, we established a working relationship with the Department of Family and Children Services and the Atlanta Day Shelter. These collaborations empowered our case management model with vital information concerning the process of each individual case plan. 

In August of 2004, we established a working relationship with Dress for Success and Georgia Law center for the homeless. 

In July of 2005, we established a working relationship working with United Way and received two grants to conduct assessments and to establish collaborations within the community.

One of our responsibilities was to collaborate with other organizations and or agencies that could provide resources for residents at this facility and to communicate workable solutions to homelessness.

In March of 2006, the Education of Homeless Children and Youth through Atlanta Public School provided our organization with a grant to pay for tutors under our educational model.

These funds allowed our organization to collaborate with University Instruction, Inc., which provided educational services.

Special Needs Worker and Client

We also worked with several schools in the METRO Atlanta area, assisting women who had children with special educational needs.

Because of our work at this homeless shelter, the City of Atlanta and United Way selected our organization to conduct per-housing assessments.

This led our organization into a partnership with Genesis, “A New Life Program.”

Our responsibility was to assess the housing need of those at this facility and to make appropriate referrals for their short-term housing program.


Nesya Salon & Spa

We have also collaborated with and received both financial and in-kind support from the following organizations / corporations; Xerox corporation; IBM corporation; Nesya salon & spa; Children restoration; The Rock {resource opportunity center}; First congregational church of Atlanta; Living Above the Natural Ministries and Achieve wellness international, LCC.


Child in Chair

During this three-year period, our organization determined that because of a lack of affordable housing and case management, women and children were either staying in shelters longer than necessary or in most cases, did not have support with obtaining available resources and or assistance with making quality and timely decisions. 

The objectives of this program were to move homeless women that were either employed or employable out of a spell of homelessness and into stable housing. This housing program will also be available for teens that are either pregnant or have children. Each teen must-have educational goals. We will also make our services available to women of domestic violence.

Key Findings from U/S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report

On a single night in 2018, roughly 533,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States.

About two-thirds (65%) were staying in sheltered locations – emergency shelters or transitional housing programs – and about one-third (35%) were in unsheltered locations such as on the streets, in abandoned buildings, or in other placed not suitable for human habitation.

On a single night in 2018, about 36,000 people were experiencing homelessness as unaccompanied youth – that is, people under the age of 25 experiencing homelessness on their own. Most unaccompanied youth (89%) were between the ages of 18 and 24. Just over half of unaccompanied youth were unsheltered (51%), a much higher rate than for all people experiencing homelessness (35%) and a somewhat higher rate than for people experiencing homelessness as individuals (48%)

This report defines homelessness as a person who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.

Rapid rehousing which is a housing model designed to provide temporary housing assistance to people experiencing homelessness, moving them quickly out of homelessness and into permanent housing.

Transitional Housing Programs provide people experiencing homelessness a place to stay combined with supportive services for us to 24 months.

One-fifth of people experiencing homelessness on a single night in 2018 were children (20% or 111,592), 71 percent were over the age of 24, and nine percent were between the ages of 18 and 24.

On a single night in January 2018, 372,417 people experienced homelessness as individuals – that is, in households without children – representing 67 percent of the total homeless population.

A little over half of all people who experienced homelessness as individuals were staying in sheltered locations, 52 percent or 194,340 people.
Most individuals experiencing homelessness were age 25 or older (90%).

Since 2017 the number of people experiencing homelessness as individuals increased by two percent (5,832 more individuals) between 2017 and 2017. While the number of individuals experiencing homelessness increased in both sheltered and unsheltered locations, that overall increase was driven by a three percent increase in the number of unsheltered individuals (4,636 people)
Individuals ages 25 and older accounted for the entire increase in individual’s homelessness, increasing by three percent (or 8,053 people).

Three percent more women experienced homelessness as individuals in 2018 than in 2017, compared to one percent more men. Women in sheltered locations increased by two percent, and women experiencing homelessness as individuals in unsheltered locations increased by four percent.

Children under the age of 18 made up 60 percent of people experiencing homelessness in families. Of the remaining 40 percent, most were 25 years of age or older (33%). Eight percent of all people in families with children were young adults between 18 and 24.

African Americans accounted for 51 percent of all people in families with children experiencing homelessness and 54 percent of all sheltered families. However, African Americans accounted for only 20 percent of unsheltered people in families.

The inverse was true for people identifying as white. While 36 percent of people in families with children in sheltered locations identified as white, 59 percent of the unsheltered family population was white.
Nearly 3 in 10 people in families experiencing homelessness were Hispanic or Latino (29%), higher than the proportion of Hispanic or Latino individuals experiencing homelessness (19%). Hispanics and Latinos comprised 29 percent of families in sheltered locations and 23 percent of people in families in unsheltered locations.

37,878 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the U.S., accounting for just fewer than nine percent of all homeless adults.

Approximately 18 out of every 10,000 veterans in the United States experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018.

Estimates of homelessness in Georgia in 2018 were 6,943 individuals, 2,556 people in families with children; 494 unaccompanied homeless youth; 705 veterans & 992 chronically homeless individuals. Unsheltered (3,599) Sheltered (5,900)
Total homeless in Georgia in 2018 was 9,499

According to H.R. 1856, Ms. Maxine Waters introduced a finding that according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2018 point-in-time count, 552,830 people experienced homelessness in the United States on any given night, including nearly 160 children and youth. Homelessness in many communities has reached crisis proportions, and some cities have declared that homelessness has reached a state of emergency, and the Federal Government must renew its commitment to the national goals to end homelessness.

UD RELEASES 2019 ANNUAL HOMELESS ASSESSMENT REPORT

WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress. The report certified last month by HUD Secretary Ben Carson found that 567,715 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2019, an increase of 14,885 people since 2018. Meanwhile, homelessness among veterans and families with children continued to fall, declining 2.1 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively, in 2019.

There is significant local variation reported from different parts of the country. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia reported declines in homelessness between 2018 and 2019, while 21 states reported increases in the number of persons experiencing homelessness. Homelessness in California increased by 21,306 people, or 16.4 percent, which is more than the total national increase of every other state combined.

HUD's national estimate is based upon data reported by approximately 3,000 cities and counties across the nation. Every year on a single night in January, planning agencies called "Continuums of Care" (COC), along with tens of thousands of volunteers, seek to identify the number of individuals and families living in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, and unsheltered settings. These one-night 'snapshot' counts, as well as full-year counts and data from other sources (U.S. Housing Survey, Department of Education), are crucial in understanding the scope of homelessness and measuring progress toward reducing it.

Key Findings

On a single night in January 2019, state and local planning agencies
(Continuums of Care) reported:

567,715 people were homeless, representing an overall 2.7 percent increase from 2018 but a nearly 11 percent decline since 2010.
37,085 Veterans were reported as homeless, a decline of 2.1 percent from 2018 and 50 percent since 2010.
53,692 families with children experienced homelessness last January, down nearly 5 percent from 2018 and more than 32 percent since 2010.
• Homelessness increased in California by 21,306 people, or 16.4 percent, accounting for more than the entire national increase.
• The estimated number of persons experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness increased 8.5 percent between 2018 and 2019. This increase was concentrated on the West Coast, with the largest increases in California. The number of unaccompanied homeless youth and children in 2019 is estimated to be 35,038, a 3.6 percent decline since 2018.

Veteran Homelessness

Homelessness among Veterans is half of what was reported in 2010. Last year alone, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness declined by 2.1 percent. These declines are the result of intense planning and targeted interventions, including the close collaboration between HUD and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Both agencies jointly administer the HUD-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, which combines permanent HUD rental assistance with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. This year, more than 4,400 veterans, many experiencing chronic forms of homelessness, will find permanent housing and critically needed support services through the HUD-VASH program. An additional 50,000 veterans found permanent housing and supportive services through VA’s continuum of homeless programs.

Family Homelessness

Local communities continue to report declines in homelessness among families with children in the U.S. In January of 2019, there were 53,692 family households with children experiencing homelessness, a decline of five percent between 2018 and 2019 and 32 percent between 2007 and 2019. Following HUD’s guidance and data-driven evidence and best practices, local planners are increasingly relying upon interventions to move families into permanent housing more quickly and at a lower cost. Communities are using more robust coordinated entry efforts, which have proven to be an effective response in helping families experiencing temporary crises as well as those enduring the most chronic forms of homelessness.

Chronic Homelessness

Long-term or chronic homelessness among individuals with disabilities grew 8.5 percent since 2018 while falling 9.4 percent below the levels reported in 2010. This longer trend is due in large measure to more permanent supportive housing opportunities available for people with disabling health conditions who otherwise continually cycle through local shelters or the streets.

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Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Phone
(470) 509-4086

Hours of Operation
Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Service Area
Metro Atlanta, Georgia

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