The Almost Home program operates from our Barber Street location and our ARCH Village location on North Avenue. This program provides safe, comfortable living space with trained and compassionate staff for up to 6 mothers with children at Barber and 9 Families with children at our ARCH Village. Families are provided private spaces at both locations and all of our parents are working, in school, or in training. JobTREC (Job Training, Referral, Education, and Case Management) assists Almost Home clients in overcoming barriers to employment. JobTREC works with clients on resumes, interviewing, and job-seeking skills, as well as financial assistance for transportation, uniforms, and training certifications.
Going Home includes a rehousing program and a homeless prevention program that provide case management, budgeting training, rental and utility assistance to homeless families ready for permanent housing. We provide scaled support, with clients gradually increasing their level of responsibility until they are fully independent.
A financial education program, All My Money offers group classes and one-on-one counseling and resources to persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness. We work with clients on budgeting and savings skills, opening bank accounts, accessing and understanding credit history, and other skills that lead to financial literacy and stability.
AAHS has recently secured funding to begin a Human Trafficking Victim Services program for foreign born survivors of labor and sex trafficking. Future plans include expanding the program to include domestic survivors as well. These individuals have been displaced from their homes through coercion and/or fraud; AAHS provides housing and support services as they recover from trauma, stabilize and return to independence.
Approximately 49.6% of residents of Athens-Clarke County had income below the poverty level in 2015, making Athens one of the poorest communities in the nation. The rate of residents below the poverty line was 22.1% for all of Georgia. Programs like those provided by the Athens Area Homeless Shelter are critical in the alleviation of poverty and homelessness throughout the Athens area. Learn more about the big picture: homelessness on a national, state, and local level here.