Atlanta Mission is the oldest and largest provider of support services for metro Atlanta’s homeless population. NMTC-financed the construction of Restoration House, a 45,330 sq. ft. low-barrier shelter for homeless women and children. Restoration House will be Atlanta’s first low-barrier shelter, meaning it accepts all clients as long as they are not a risk to themselves or others. Traditional shelters can only be accessed by individuals who meet restrictive sobriety, medication compliance, identification, and admissions regulations.
Restoration House will create 100 new shelter beds and will allow Atlanta Mission to expand day services by 20% to serve 4,400 homeless women and children annually. The facility will also include a Mercy Care health clinic, childcare space, a commercial kitchen, and space for job training/placement and social work. Additionally, the organization is partnering with Cara, a leading Chicago-based workforce development enterprise, to launch Atlanta Mission @Work, an innovative career training and job placement model. This program will have dedicated space onsite and will prepare clients for long-term employment, economic well-being, and self-sufficiency. The space is designed to provide clients with safety, privacy, dignity, self-esteem, community, and empowerment.