HOPE Atlanta: Transforming Lives of Veterans at Risk of Homelessness
In 2021, the Veterans Community Fund, an associate-led giving committee of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, granted $150,000 over 18 months to HOPE Atlanta for programming focused on veterans at risk of homelessness. HOPE Atlanta is an organization that serves the Metro Atlanta area to advocate, prevent and care for homeless citizens. HOPE Atlanta programs offer a holistic, comprehensive approach that includes housing, hunger, outreach, prevention and emergency services, while also providing individualized assistance, resources and tools for lifelong stability. To date, HOPE Atlanta has helped nearly 7,500 people receive housing support.
To address veteran homelessness specifically, HOPE Atlanta works with veterans across 30 Georgia counties who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, connecting veterans to resources like rental assistance, childcare support and legal services. Case managers work one-on-one with veterans to meet their individual needs and help them reclaim their self-sufficiency.
“HOPE Atlanta has been a valuable grantee partner since 2021 by providing critical housing and supportive services for veterans at risk of experiencing homelessness in Metro Atlanta,” said Shauna Greene, program officer, Founder Initiatives at the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “Through proven expertise in case management and a dynamic approach to leveraging public and private funding, HOPE Atlanta helps veterans secure longer-term stability through eviction prevention, emergency shelter solutions and rapid rehousing.”
Formed in 2018, the mission of the Veterans Community Fund is to help Georgia and Montana’s veterans realize their full potential, especially those who bear the toll of the visible and invisible wounds of war. Administered by the foundation, the Veterans Community Fund is directed by associates from across the Blank Family of Businesses who are U.S. veterans or who have strong personal connections to military service.