24-hour facility offers life skills training and educational help to assist homeless mothers in gaining and maintaining stable employment
The Fulton County Board of Commissioners, County Manager Zachary Williams and Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department staff officially opened the Springdale Place Comprehensive Services Center for Homeless Women with Children today, February 28, 2012.Â Springdale Place does not fit the traditional description of a homeless shelter.Â The County is working with other community partners to provide education and life skills programs to help homeless mothers to reach housing stability and self-sufficiency.
Fulton County considers the assessment center model a good one.Â It is patterned after Jefferson Place, a comprehensive services center for homeless men. Jefferson Place has been funded by Fulton County and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) for almost two decades to provide assessment and rehabilitative services to homeless men.Â Vocational services and other life skills services have also been provided, which have led to self-sufficiency and permanent housing for more than 71% of its Transitional Housing consumers. The model used at Jefferson Place has been deemed by HUD to be a best practice since 1995 and is certified by the State of Georgia as an accredited quality enhancement standards and support training program.
Springdale Place is the result of support from the Board of Commissioners, the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, interdepartmental collaboration among Housing and Human Services, General Services, Health and Wellness, Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library.Â Community partners include United Wayâ€™s Regional Commission on Homelessness, which has provided financial support towards the purchase of beds and computers for the facility.Â The Fulton County Board of Education, the Atlanta Board of Education and other community partners are also supporting the provision of services at the Center.
Springdale Place includes a childcare facility, a WIC office, Workforce Development programs, and a medical exam room and health consultation area.Â Women with children can stay up to 120 calendar days in the 125-bed assessment area and for up to 7 months in the 25-bed transitional component.
Springdale Place also provides resources such as vocational training, counseling, mentoring, life skills training and educational help for single-female headed families.Â Community partners will provide counseling and assistance to help mothers with their parenting skills. Additionally, mothers will learn skills such as time management, problem solving, teamwork, effective communication, organization and conflict resolution to help them attain long term success in the workplace.
To enhance the potential for permanent stability, mothers will also learn goal setting, budgeting, smart shopping, bill paying, and check book balancing skills to ensure success in maintaining self-sufficiency.
For more information about Springdale Place, please contact Emergency and Transitional Housing Division Manager Leonard Westmoreland at 404-613-0412.