Issue: Homelessness is a pressing issue in Central Georgia, leaving many individuals without stable housing and essential resources. The lack of transitional housing and support services can further exacerbate the challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness, making it difficult for them to achieve financial stability and secure stable housing.
UWCG's Role: In response to the homelessness crisis, United Way of Central Georgia and Macon-Bibb County established Brookdale Resource Center, a transitional housing and resource center. Brookdale Resource Center's 90-day program offers a lifeline to individuals experiencing homelessness, providing them with a supportive environment and essential resources to rebuild their lives. Each resident at Brookdale receives personalized assistance from a dedicated caseworker, who tailors their program to address their specific needs. From enrolling in school to obtaining vital documents like birth certificates and accessing government benefits, the caseworker guides and supports residents on their journey to stability.
As part of Brookdale Resource Center's comprehensive approach, Hello House offers a short-term low-barrier entrance shelter. With a capacity of 50 beds, Hello House provides a safe and welcoming space for individuals experiencing homelessness. The shelter operates from 4 pm to 8 am, seven days a week, with intakes available between 4 pm and 6 pm. Residents are provided with breakfast and dinner daily, ensuring they have access to nutritious meals during their stay.
Impact: The impact of Brookdale Resource Center and Hello House is immeasurable for individuals experiencing homelessness in Central Georgia. By offering transitional housing and essential resources, Brookdale Resource Center equips residents with the skills and support necessary to achieve financial stability and secure stable housing. The personalized approach, led by dedicated caseworkers, ensures that each resident's unique needs are addressed, fostering a sense of empowerment and hope.
Hello House's low-barrier entrance shelter provides immediate relief and safety to those in need, giving them a chance to rebuild their lives in a secure environment. The provision of meals and access to basic necessities like shelter and sustenance is a critical step toward helping individuals experiencing homelessness regain stability.