9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Clear Path Mobile Service Hours
Mobile Assessments For All Sites Have Been Suspended Until Further Notice
Housing Queue (Wait List)
Clear Path Assessors will enroll clients into the Coordinated Entry Housing Queue. The Housing Queue is managed by the Partners for Home Coordinated Entry Program Manager. The wait time can range from 30 days – 6 months. At 6 months, any client that is still in the Housing Queue and still experiencing homelessness in the City of Atlanta must be re-assessed.
Clear Path @ Gateway Center
Clear Path @ Gateway Center serves as one of the coordinated access points for the Atlanta Continuum of Care (Partners for Home). Clear Path is the process through which people experiencing homelessness in the City of Atlanta can access housing assessments; emergency shelter placement; and linkage to long-term housing placement options available through the Housing Queue.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has required all Continuums of Care (CoCs) nationally to develop and implement a Coordinated Access System for all CoC and ESG (Emergency Solutions Grant) funded programs. Research has shown that coordinated access systems is an effective model to aid communities to quickly and efficiently make homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.
Clear Path @ Gateway Center staff are available to provide assessments 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Based on the current staffing the team is able to provide assessments for approximately 15 individuals or families per day. Each assessment varies in the length of time required, but on average 45 minutes is required for each session. Sign up for daily assessments takes place at 7a.m., when Gateway Center opens for services. Clients are welcome to check back at 1pm if there are any anticipated assessment openings for the afternoon.
Clear Path Assessors utilize the vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization and Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT). The VI-SPDAT is a assessment tool for clients experiencing homelessness to be prioritized as to which of those clients have the most severe needs and ensures they are linked quickly to the best housing options available. Gateway Center recognizes that though the VI-SPDAT provides scoring to allow for prioritization of services, all clients experiencing homeless seeking a housing a solution are a priority. Some clients served in Clear Path may not be eligible for housing solutions from the Housing Queue. Our team will assist them with connecting with emergency shelter housing and services that may support them in self-resolving.
Gateway Center believes that is important to begin aggressively addressing the re-housing barriers as the Housing First model suggests. As part of the Clear Path @ Gateway Center Program, housing navigation services are implemented to address barriers clients may face associated with housing. Gateway Center’s Housing Navigators will work with clients to improve their ability to identify placements options.