Jerusalem House believes Housing is Healthcare for homeless and low-income individuals and families affected by with HIV/AIDS and leads the Atlanta community in meeting the needs of this population. In 1988, Jerusalem House was established by a coalition of community leaders who conceptualized a residential facility for homeless people with AIDS that would foster independence and dignity. The agency is so-named because “Jerusalem” means “dwelling of peace.” Through four residential programs: Program for Adults (1989), The Family Program (1997),the Scattered Site I and II programs (2003 & 2009), and the New Horizons program (2015), Jerusalem House provides 70% of the permanent supportive housing in Atlanta designated for our target population. When our expansion is complete, this number will be over 80%.
The Housing Programs of Jerusalem House do more for individuals and families than simply provide homes. In addition to homelessness, poverty and HIV/AIDS, many residents struggle with substance abuse, or have experienced domestic violence and mental health issues. Our staff individually tailors programs with each resident so he/she will have the opportunity to chart a path to recovery at the pace that fits his/her situation. All residents have access to vital supportive services provided by our staff members and collaboratively through 20+ formal partnerships with other Atlanta agencies. Examples of services include case management and counseling, education, budgeting classes, HIV/AIDS specific services, and food/clothing assistance.
In 2015, we received additional funding that would allow us to add more than 200 additional housing units by the end of 2016, enabling Jerusalem House to serve over 200 more individuals and families in need. In August 2016, the City of Atlanta allocated additional HOPWA funds to Jerusalem House, which will bring our expansion to over 300 total additional housing units by the end of 2017.
Jerusalem House began with just five residents. We know from experience that with our community’s support, we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed.
Charlie Frew, Executive Director
Jerusalem House, Inc.