HOPE Atlanta Receives $130,000 General Operating Support Grant from Community Foundation

ATLANTA – December 16, 2019 – HOPE Atlanta has been awarded a General Operating Support grant for $130,000 from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. This highly competitive grant will help HOPE Atlanta for the next two years build its capacity to meet growing challenges for people experiencing homelessness.

“We are honored to be selected for this award and greatly appreciate the support and leadership of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta,” said Jeffrey Smythe, Executive Director of HOPE Atlanta.

The General Operating Support program awards grants to nonprofits that are most effective in their work addressing the region’s biggest challenges. HOPE Atlanta was chosen after a rigorous competitive process considering 217 organizations from the community development category.

“This grant will allow us to continue providing comprehensive housing services to our clients, as well as increase our capacity to address the vast need for access to quality affordable housing,” said Smythe.

In the last three years, HOPE Atlanta has been able to expand, serving 31% more families and individuals in 2019 than in 2016. Last year, the organization helped nearly 8,000 families and individuals experiencing or imminently at-risk of homelessness receive housing or related services.

Capacity-building will be particularly important for HOPE Atlanta’s Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP), which addresses critical housing concerns facing people living with HIV/AIDS who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The federal Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program, administered by the City of Atlanta, is expected to receive double digit cuts in the next five years. HOPE Atlanta and many of its fellow providers are deeply concerned about housing stability and options for many of the metro area’s most vulnerable.

“With greater demand in our special needs housing and veteran housing and employment programs, collaborations and evidence-based best practices are more critical than ever,” Smythe said. “We are exploring additional interventions to enhance housing case management and central intake processes.” To learn more, visit hopeatlanta.org.

About HOPE Atlanta
119-year old HOPE Atlanta, formerly known as Travelers Aid, offers an array of solutions for families and individuals experiencing homelessness across metropolitan Atlanta, including case management, Veterans housing and employment, permanent supportive housing, street outreach, homeless prevention, domestic violence services, HIV/AIDS services, reunification, and rapid re-housing in metro Atlanta. It shares a city-wide vision with other nonprofit providers that homelessness will be rare, brief and non-recurring. Last year, HOPE Atlanta served 7,994 families and individuals across 28 counties.

About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With over 66 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation manages the behind-the-scenes details, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. Please visit the Foundation’s website at cfgreateratlanta.org for more information.


For more information:
Liz Liston
Chief Development Officer
404-817-7070 x119
Interviews available

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