Mission: Our mission is to investigate and then raise public awareness about the many problems that are facing families and individuals that are at risk of slipping into poverty or that are living in poverty, and then to mobilize financial resources, products and volunteers to solve those problems, or to ease the burden that those problems cause.
Programs: Day center/food bank - the hfth day center is the vehicle that operates the food bank, the outreach to the homeless, the sit-n-sips for the seniors, the internal youth mentoring program and more. The day center is open at 1035 donnelly ave 4 days a week and welcomes over 25 families per day providing them with various services including food, financial counseling, clothing, and toiletry distribution. We serve some 6000 people per year and provide volunteers with over 5500 volunteer hours onsite. Children & youth programs - back to school jamboree held once per year just prior to school opening, provides 3,500 poor children with the book bags, school supplies based on grade, identification kits, dental screenings and dental supplies, books, entertainment and visits by mentors and other inspirational speakers, new shoes, and referrals to various community services they need to succeed. Daily distribution of nutritious food to poor children especially in the summer months when 80% of children living in poverty do not receive lunch. Holiday dinner festival of services provides 1,277 children from local subsidized housing food, clothing, educational books, toiletry items and beauty & grooming supplies. "hfth children's christmas party provided 1,500 children with new toys, clothes and shoes, entertainment and visits by mentors and other inspirational speakers to families in the metro atlanta community that are in need. "hfth youth community connect program partners with youth serving organizations to provide a volunteer opportunity for their participants at our local facility. Over 350 youth connect to hfth each year to complete community service hours. "youth empowerment summit will partner with corporations to provide credit and financial literacy, performing arts education, job readiness training and life skills to underserved youth. (new program)
holiday dinner events - thanksgiving and christmas hosea feed the hungry served 11,757 individuals on thanksgiving and christmas day at the georgia world congress center. These individuals were provided with an opportunity to receive not only the necessities for short-term stability but in addition, an ongoing system of support and pathway to self-sufficiency. Families, individuals with and without disabilities, participants from re-entry programs and veterans took advantage of services that most struggle with receiving, such as medical screenings, mental health assistance, mainstream benefit planning on site application processing and submission for food stamps, medicaid, and medicare, home delivered meals, onsite dining with family and friends, fresh fruit and vegetables to return home with, showers for those in homeless situations, clothing and toys for their children. Community partners and vendors on hand for ongoing resource development and onsite service deliveries. The low estimated total value of services utilized by our participants was 246,135. Mlk dinner hosea helps is happy to report we served 1,038 families on site and another 300+ families offsite with fresh fruits and vegetables, braiding and haircuts, dry goods , school supplies, and clothing. Morehouse school of medicine was on site for medical screenings and dig mental health counselors attended those in need while georgia stand up gave people the opportunity to register to vote. All services were free; all to celebrate the human spirit and send the message " don't ever quit, don't give up", and "share the love back in your communities". Hosea helps ceo elisabeth omilami charged the crowd to help themselves, and look in the mirror for the newest leader around. " people were happy, and for a few hours that feeling of loss and hopelessness disappeared. Those who were in need for case management services were allowed to sign-in with intake counselors and follow up appointments are now a priority. Lastly, hundreds of volunteers experienced what only volunteering at a hosea helps event can provide, immediate hands on relationship building, community creation from talking to each other and spending time with each other.
supportive housing - homeless prevention - our effective homeless prevention programs, h. E. L. P - helping, empowering, learning for progress, typically assess immediate housing needs, explore housing options and resources, provide flexible financial assistance for approximately 90 families per year and, when appropriate, offer voluntary case management services focused on housing stabilization. Participants are required to attend financial literacy and budgeting classes. This program can also include assistance for first and last months' rent, deposits, utilities, rental assistance for a final month at a location, moving cost assistance, or other activities that will directly help a person stay in his or her current housing situation. Disbursements are based on whether funding will help overcome an immediate barrier to entering or maintaining housing. Rental assistance is provided for 1-18 months depending on the needs of the household. Rental assistance targets people who will likely not be able to move quickly into permanent housing without it. At a minimum, prevention resources are targeted to people who have extremely low incomes (below 30 percent of area median income), who have a demonstrated housing crisis (e. G. Request to vacate a dual household situation), and who lack protective factors, such as friends or family members who can help them. Homeless management information system (hmis) data or other data about homelessness in the community is assessed to identify additional factors that would help target resources to those most at risk of homelessness. Grants will average approximately 600, but depend greatly on the circumstances and the community. Diversion - hfth diversion programs attempt to prevent homelessness for people who are applying for shelter by helping people return to the housing they just left or move in with friends or family using financial incentives or mediation. If that situation cannot be made permanent, then the diversion program works to immediately locate other housing. The diversion programs typically involve one-time financial assistance and the offer of brief case management. Rapid re-housing - hfth re-housing programs work with people who are already homeless to help them quickly move into rental housing. Rapid re-housing programs tend to be short-term (1 - 12 months) and involve identifying affordable housing locations, financial assistance, and an offer of case management. Short-term rental assistance is provided when necessary. When serving people with significant disabilities or with very limited income capacity, the rapid re-housing programs coordinates with other community resources to ensure that participants are linked to ongoing assistance, such as housing vouchers, intensive case management, or assertive community treatment. Housing location - housing locators identify affordable housing and encourage landlords to rent to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. They also help negotiate reasonable rents and lease terms and work to address credit issues with a potential tenant. Housing locators are generally available to the landlord and tenant in case there are problems. Hfth partners with landlords who want these programs for their at-risk tenants.
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