Gateway Center’s Commitment

Homelessness in Atlanta has been a pervasive issue with multiple layers as to the causation. Annually, there are an estimated 3,000 individuals experiencing homelessness based on Atlanta’s most recent Point in Time Count

Since 2005, Gateway Center (GWC) has been committed to providing effective, strategic and innovative solutions as part of our collaborative model.

GWC is a proven leader and has positioned ourselves to be adaptable to respond to the needs of the homeless community. GWC programs are designed to address the underlying barriers that prevent individuals and families from transitioning out of 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

To live in a community where homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Our Big Goal

By 2021, Gateway Center will support 1,000 people in finding permanent housing

Values

How we carry out our mission matters at GWC. For this reason Gateway Center has identified four key values that we expect every member of our team to live out every day, in every interaction, with every individual who enters our doors.

  1. GWC believes in the worth and dignity of every person in our community

  2. GWC operates with transparency.

  3. GWC uses resources efficiently.

  4. GWC achieves measurable and 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 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness into permanent housing. The result was a Blueprint to End Homelessness in Atlanta.

A major Blueprint recommendation was to establish a central point of care in metro Atlanta to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness in a systematic and supportive manner. To that end, Jack Hardin lead the initiative to identify a facility and raise funds that lead to the development of the Gateway Center, which opened July 27, 2005, and is now a self-managed 501(c)(3) organization. It serves as the primary portal for the continuum of care for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in metro Atlanta.

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

*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.