Friday, March 21, 2014

2014 Point-in-Time count

On January 30, the NEGA Homeless and Poverty Coalition worked with several local organizations and volunteers to complete the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) count.  249 individuals were reported on in the count, 87 of whom were unsheltered and 162 of whom were sheltered.  Significantly more than 249 people experience homelessness in the community over the course of the year, but the PIT provides a snapshot of the population.

Check out the more detailed report for further information: 2014 PIT count

Information & Resource Booklet

The NEGA Homeless and Poverty Coalition has developed a "training" booklet, meant to provide the community with definitive and current information about homelessness and poverty in Athens-Clarke County, as well as connect people with local and national resources. To view the booklet, click here.

The booklet features original illustrations by Eleanor Davis, whose work was recently featured as a Google Doodle.  To look at more of Eleanor's work, visit

Please contact the Coalition at if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the booklet!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Oconee Supportive Housing

Below is a note from Phillip Costa ( or 706-206-3601) with Advantage Behavioral Health

Oconee Supportive Housing (OSH) is a one to two year recovery program that serves chronically homeless men that have a substance abuse and mental health diagnoses and are enrolled in ABHS services. OSH is accepting referrals at this time to fill two openings. Please contact Ryan Halsey (706)354-1154 or to make referral.

Project Safe Opening

Hello Coalition Members!
Below is an employment opportunity at Project Safe:
PSI is hiring for the part-time position of Night and Weekend Advocate.  Responsibilities include evening and weekend hotline and shelter coverage. Send cover letter and resume to the Associate Director at P.O. Box 7532, Athens GA 30604, or

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Support the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau!

YOU CAN ENJOY AN ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET... & HELP SAVE THE FACES OF HOMELESSNESS SPEAKERS BUREAU!! The UGA Service Ambassadors are sponsoring a fund raising night at the TRANSMETROPOLITAN , THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21ST FROM 8PM TO 12 AM.  The cost of the buffet is $12.00. 25% OF DINING PROCEEDS are being donated to The Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau! Remember, it's the DOWNTON LOCATION @ 145 EAST CLAYTON, IN DOWNTOWN ATHENS. 

Unfortunately,  The National Coalition for the Homeless has announced that it will no longer be able to cover the hard costs of the individual sites of the Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureaus that have not been able to cover their share.  Where Athens-Clarke County has been rated to be the poorest in the State of Georgia (and beyond) it is understandable that we haven't been able to come up with the required share cost of $500. If we are not able to raise our share, we will undoubtedly be shut down by Christmas.  Please come out and join us this Sunday Night!  If you or your organization would prefer to donate directly, call Lynne or B. @ the contact info below.


Lynne Griever 404-576-7994
or W.D. Griever 404-308-1725

Georgia Food Day - Hometown Throwdown

Dear Homeless and Poverty Coalition Membership,

Please see the attached flyer and join us on October 24 for a celebration of Georgia Food Day at the Downtown Athens Farmer's Market from 4 to 7 p.m. Action Ministries is co-hosting with several other food interests, and we will be hosting a Hometown Throw-down Cook-off (featuring Our Daily Bread's own Zach Burgess and chefs from popular places like The Last Resort Grill). A primary goal for Action Ministries in this event is to connect all people (especially those who are underserved) with the opportunity to enjoy local and nutritious food. A feature of this program will be the EBT doubling that is available at the AFM, thanks to the support of Wholesome Wave. Please email me with any questions, and we hope to see you there!

Erin Barger

Action Ministries 
Executive Director

A Housing Opportunity

A note from Erin Barger at Action Ministries:

Dear HPC Friends in Service,

Action Ministries has some exciting news! We are now offering Housing support to veterans who experience low incomes. Please see the attached memo for more details, and feel free to share the application with any eligible person. We are grateful to have this opportunity to support the Housing needs of more people in this community, and welcome any opportunities to partner in order to meet needs in the best way possible.

Additionally, join me in welcoming Janelle Lawson, who will be the Athens Case Manager for this grant. Janelle will be available at the Action Ministries office next Tuesday from 12-12:30 to meet anyone who would like to welcome her to this position and community in person, and of course anyone who might want to know more about this opportunity for low-income veterans. Thank you for your support and for the work that you do.
Erin Barger, MSW

Executive Director
Action  Ministries Athens (formerly Athens Urban Ministries)
717 Oconee Street
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706) 353-6647, ext. 5671
Fax: (706) 247-7096