IA Grant Supports Housing for Homeless Women and Children

Friday, October 6, 2017

A $350,000 grant from the Housing Opportunity Fund will go to the City of Refuge to reimburse the organization for property being developed into supportive housing for homeless women and children. The Urban Residential Finance Authority board approved the grant in June, and the grant closed in September.

The property, located directly across from the City of Refuge’s center off Joseph E. Boone Blvd., will be redeveloped into at least 43 units of new supportive housing. Formerly homeless residents will have access to a variety of services, including meal services, day care, after school programming, counseling, and job training.

City of Refuge is non-profit organization that provides access to opportunities in housing, vocational training, healthcare and youth development on Atlanta’s Westside. They have served over 20,000 men, women, and children in crisis over the past two decades. Over 100 full-time City of Refuge and partner staff members are trained, educated, and experienced in assisting individuals and families in crisis to access resources and create a plan for future success. Their partners include Invest Atlanta, as well as St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Clinic, Westcare, Bright Futures Academy, Feed My Lambs, Genuine Parts Company, BB&T, Regions Bank, SunTrust Bank, Chick-fil-a, Coca-Cola, and Georgia Public Defenders.

Last year, City of Refuge received more than $7 million in philanthropic support for the construction and renovation of a 20,000-sq.ft. training center and culinary academy, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.