Shelters, Housing, and Assistance

This list is compiled for convenience as a reference and resource. Listing here does not constitute an endorsement by NAMI Rockdale Newton, nor does it guarantee availability or coverage of service. We encourage everyone to please ask questions of providers to determine the best available service for the needs of each family member.

DeKalb County Assistance Programs

Fulton County Assistance Programs

Atlanta Assistance Programs

Rent Help in Atlanta

Updated lists of Georgia homeless shelters, supportive halfway and transitional housing, day shelters, and rooming houses is available HERE and HERE or can be obtained by calling The United Way at “211” or (404) 614-1000.

Initiative for Affordable Housing, Inc.
1434 Scott Blvd.
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 299-9979
The organization provides transitional housing and other guidance and support services. This includes permanent housing search assistance. Get help in locating affordable housing in single and multi-family units. Also get help in applying for emergency rental assistance.

Atlanta Mission
2353 Bolton Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 588-4000

Requirements:  Prospective residents for long-term placements must turn in application, contact facility, then complete a face-to-face interview.  Each prospective resident must be over the age of 18 unless accompanied by a mother or legal guardian.  Male children must be 11 years old or younger.  Prospects must be fully detoxified with at least 72 hours since their last use of alcohol or drugs of any kind.  They must be mentally and physically able to exercise proper personal hygiene and self-care, perform task assignments and participate in all program functions within a non-medical, non-psychiatric facility

The Shepherd’s Inn
165 Ivan Allen Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 588-4015
Accepts men, 18 years of age or older.  Men with children are not accepted at this facility.  Daily shelter serves 400+ men daily.  Safe beds and hot meals.  Referrals to other more long-term programs.

My Sister’s House
921 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 367-2465
Accepts women, 18 years of age or older and women with children. Children must be 16 years of age or younger. Shelter is a 264 bed facility. Job assistance and on-site childcare is available.

The Potter’s House
655 Potter’s House Road
Jefferson, GA 30549
(706) 543-8338, Ext. 5103
Accepts men, 18 years of age or older. Men with children are not accepted at this facility. Shelter is a 150 bed facility for men with chemical dependency.  Job and educational assistance is available.

Description: Facilitates four shelters in the Metro Area.  Provides food, shelter and clothing.  DOES NOT provide vouchers and cannot place couples or “intact families” together.

Momentemps Ltd, Inc.
Lithonia, GA 30038
(770) 873-3775
Housing, both transitional and access to longer term support, is available for veterans and males.

40 Technology Prkwy. South Ste. 180
Norcross, GA 30092
(678) 808-4477
The recently evicted or homeless can receive up to 24 months of low income housing and supportive services. Case management, life skills training, job training, budgeting/financial training, mental health/parenting counseling and credit counseling is also offered for the poor and indigent.

Conyers Housing Authority
1214 Summer Circle
Conyers, GA 30012
(770) 483-9301
(770) 918-8759 Fax
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm

Referrals: The application and preliminary paperwork can be downloaded from the website.  Applications must be submitted to the rental office during regular business hours.  ANY criminal convictions in the past five years will be cause to deny housing, as well as violent crimes or drug offenses.  There is no time frame on drug related or felony convictions.

Description: Public housing complex consisting of 290 apartments situated in a “scattered site” setting.  All apartments are ground-level and consist of studio, 1,2,3,4 and 5 bedroom units.  Elderly-only neighborhoods are available.  Rent is based on 30% of the total gross family income, less specified deductions (i.e. child care or medical payments for the elderly).  Rents are capped as follows:  One bedroom – $340, two bedroom – $375, three bedroom – $450, four bedroom – $485 and five bedroom – $540. Before move-in, residents are required to pay pro-rated rent for the month and a security deposit.  Deposits are as follows:  One bedroom – $500, two bedroom – $500, three bedroom – $500, four bedroom – $500 and five bedroom – $600.

Family Promise of New Rock
POB 81551
Conyers, GA 30013
(770) 262-7816
(770) 761-3827 Fax

Description: Community outreach and transitional living program for displaced families.  Cots and supplies are transported weekly between churches in the local area.  Meals, supplies and transportation are provided to families.  Families leave the overnight accommodations during the day to go to work or, if still searching for employment, to the Day Center at Phoenix Pass where job assistance and other resources are available.

Jerusalem House
17 Executive Park Drive, Department W, Suite 290
Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 350-1633
(404) 351-4816 Fax

Referrals: Referrals are made through the “Living Room” program.  Phone number is (404) 939-8520.

Requirements: Documentation of homelessness (or low-income) and HIV status is required.  Applicants must be 18 years or older and drug-free.  Parents must be able to care for children at time of placement.

Description: 3 long-term programs offered to individuals, single mothers and families with one parent with HIV/AIDS.

Phoenix Pass
(770) 760-1020 Marcie Howington, Director
Website:                                               Email:

Description: Transitional housing program for families experiencing displacement in the Rockdale County area.  Offers single-family, two-bedroom apartment units and a resource and opportunity development center.

Rainbow Covenant Ministries Garden of Gethsemane Shelter
7133 Turner Lake Circle
Covington, GA 30014
(770) 787-8519 Clara Lett, Executive Director
(770) 787-3803 Fax
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

Referrals: Referrals for clients accepted through DFCS, View Point Health, Police, Salvation Army, etc.

Description: Educational skills, training in CPR, forklift training, computer training, CDL training, GED and Literacy training offered by the shelter.  Assistance with obtaining IDs and government assistance as well.

Repairers of the Breach of the Promise
5120 Old Brown Bridge Rd.
Covington, GA 30014
(770) 787-7250
(770) 787-7158
Hours:  Monday-Friday:  9:30am-5:30pm

Referrals: Referral needed from DFCS, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Civic Organization or church.  Shelter also accepts walk-in clients with no referrals for some services.

Requirements: Picture ID/driver’s license and social security card.

Description: Temporary emergency housing for families (very limited space).  Financial assistance when funds are available for Newton County residents only.  All other services are available to those in need regardless of location. Gently used items such as general clothing and furniture for those in need.  Furniture and food assistance is provided once to a client.  Clothing pantry is provided once a year.

St Vincent de Paul Society
2621 Highway 20 SE
Conyers, GA 30013
(770) 761-3731
(678) 892-6163 Help Line

Description: Conferences receive requests from clients. Trained home visitors, “Vincentians,” conduct face-to-face meetings generally in the client’s residence to understand clients’ circumstances first-hand and determine the appropriate assistance. The Society provides financial assistance for a range of needs including: Medical/dental/prescriptions, counseling, rent and housing, utilities, food, legal fees, transportation and burials.

In addition to other services, the Society has two shelters in the Metro area.

  • House of Dreams in Smyrna (770) 425-2939
  • St. Michael’s House in Kennesaw (770) 652-4491

National AIDS Education and Services for Minorities

Atlanta Step-Up Society

Veterans Empowerment Organization

Decatur Cooperative Ministry

Entirely Ready