Gateway Center’s Commitment

Gateway Center (GWC) strives to make homelessness, rare, brief and non- recurring in Metro Atlanta through strategic and innovative programs and services as part of our collective impact model.

Located at 275 Pryor Street in Atlanta, Georgia, GWC is designed to serve as the “gateway” to the community continuum of care that helps individuals experiencing homeless move from the street to ultimately, long-term stable housing. GWC has been a proven leader in the provision homeless services; as an advocate for local policy changes and equality; and has served as a central point of access for those experiencing homelessness in the city of Atlanta. GWC provides 359 beds that serve a temporary housing that are paired with case management services and intensive wrap around supports.

GWC is adaptable to respond to the needs of the homeless community and has consistently proven that ability through our successful program outcomes. GWC programs are designed to address the underlying reasons for their homelessness, such as unemployment, behavioral health, housing affordability, and/or medical conditions. We provide a trauma informed and a client-centered environment where individuals can receive the tools they need to end their homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency. To ensure the alignment of services, Gateway Center has focused our efforts into our Five Keys to Success (1) Housing Placement and Stability, (2) Health and Wellness, (3) Family and Community Engagement, (4) Job Skills Training and Placement, and (5) Literacy.

Mission

To connect people experiencing homelessness with the support necessary to become self-sufficient and find a permanent home.

Vision

The Board, staff, partners, and volunteers of the Gateway Center are committed to making homeless, rare, brief, and non-recurring in metro Atlanta through partnerships with like-minded individuals, service agencies, and business, civic, academic and faith-community leaders.

Philosophy

Gateway Center’s philosophy rests on the guiding principle that homeless individuals can ultimately achieve permanent housing through their own dedicated efforts combined with a collaborative process built on a foundation of support from a skilled staff, intensive case management, and trained volunteers.

Gateway Center’s programs and partnerships align with these five (5) pillars to success:

Values

Our successful track record is rooted in the unwavering commitment of the Gateway Board, staff, volunteers, and partners to our founding principles:

  • The worth and dignity of every person in our community
  • The inherent value of providers, partners, volunteers, donors, and staff
  • Hospitality
  • Self-determination
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Spirituality
  • Accountability and transparency
  • Efficient use of resources
  • Approaching solutions with an objective and open point of view
  • Achieving measurable, lasting impact

History

In 2002 Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin asked the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta to study the issue of homelessness in the city, and provide recommendations on how to make substantive progress in moving chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing. The result was a Blueprint to End Homelessness in Atlanta in Ten Years.

A major Blueprint recommendation was to establish a central point of care in metro Atlanta to meet the needs of the homeless in a systematic and supportive manner. To that end, the *Commission oversaw the development of the Gateway Center, a self-managed 501(c)(3) organization that opened in 2005 as the primary portal in a continuum of care for metro Atlanta’s *chronically homeless individuals.

The United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness remains the core partner of the Gateway Center, which is one of the largest providers of homeless services in the Southeast and has been recognized as a national best practice in the area of community collaboration.

For more information on the United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness, please visit their site: United Way Atlanta – Homelessness.

*The United Way Regional Commission on Homelessness is a collective effort of the City of Atlanta and 7 metro counties to end chronic homelessness in metro Atlanta.

*A chronically homelessness individual is defined as a person with a disability who has either been homeless for more than a year, or has had at least 4 episodes of homelessness in the past 3 years. The disability that results in homelessness may be mental, physical, or addiction-related.