Connecting Henry hosts bi-monthly Community Collaborative meetings bringing together partners from non-profits, faith-based, government, public agencies, civic organizations, and businesses.* The purpose of the meetings is to address issues within the county that affects us all and develop solutions to enhance the quality of life in Henry County. We envision a community where collaborative partners work together to provide critical resources that ultimately empowers families to become stable and self-sufficient.
* Due to COVID-19, the bi-monthly Community Collaborative meetings are now being held via Zoom. Please call 770-288-6230 for more information.
INSPIRE HOMELESS AND HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION PROGRAM
The INSPIRE Homeless & Homelessness Prevention Program helps prevent at-risk housing issues from rapidly spiraling and becoming an out-of-control homelessness situation.
The goal of the program is to ensure that families can:
Pay rent or mortgage
Pay their utilities
Pay other bills
Go to bed every night in a warm, safe, and clean environment
Keep life-saving medical equipment operational
Cook and preserve nourishing food
Eliminate overwhelming stress and anxiety
RAPID REHOUSING PROGRAM
Connecting Henry's Rapid Rehousing (RRH) program is funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The program is designed for Henry County families experiencing homelessness and need temporary assistance to obtain and retain housing.
Assistance is focused on housing stabilization, linking program participants to community resources and mainstream benefits, and helping them develop a plan for preventing future housing instability. The type and duration of assistance will vary and may include assistance with the following: past due rent, late fees, security and/or utility deposits, utility payments, rent, and other related costs. Participation in case management is mandatory to assist households in accessing support services to ensure their success.
HUD's definition for homeless is: Families must be homeless either in 1) emergency facility, 2) hotels paid by a charitable organization, or 3) living on the streets.
***Please note that couch surfing/doubled up/paying for a motel typically DOES NOT meet the federal definition of homelessness, and it MAY be difficult to qualify for housing assistance.**
The RRH program is driven by negotiations with landlords from the community who are willing to participate. Grant funding from the Department of Community Affairs Emergency Solutions Grant helps cover the typical first, last, and security costs. With Connecting Henry backing the family, landlords have the assurance they are going to be paid.
Landlords, please contact 770-288-6230 for more information.
Individuals experiencing homelessness or fleeing domestic violence need access to a safe, clean place to sleep at night. Connecting Henry's Emergency Shelter provides temporary shelter and services designed to increase shelter clients’ stability. The Emergency Solution Grant (ESG) Program helps people quickly regain permanent housing stability after experiencing a housing crisis and/or homelessness.
Connecting Henry is working in partnership with Haven House. Emergency Shelter services are offered to residents in Henry, Clayton, Spalding, and Fayette counties. Haven House assists residents in Henry, Butts, Jaspar, and Lamar counties.
Please call 770-288-6230 to learn more or find out if you are eligible.
INSPIRE BENEVOLENCE PROGRAM
The Benevolence Network is a collaborative, on-going, year-round program that provides subsistence aid to unemployed, working poor, and disabled families experiencing hardships through support and partnerships with local churches, community organizations, other non-profits, and the school system. We ensure families do not fall through the cracks by wrapping our arms around that individual/family and providing them with resources and support. We also offer personal connections to food pantries, clothes closets, and furniture resources. Our goal is to restore their hope while helping families in getting back on their feet.
Connecting Henry utilizes CARES funds to help ease the financial hardship caused by the coronavirus. We are pleased to announce that we provide rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to Henry County Residents that are laid-off or experienced job loss due to COVID-19. The assistance provided is available per the guidelines of Connecting Henry's grant contract for these funds within program guidelines.
Please contact 770-288-6230 to learn more or find out if you are eligible.
INSPIRE EMPLOYMENT TRAINING PROGRAM
The INSPIRE Employment Training Program, geared towards low income, unemployed, underemployed, and unskilled individuals, teaches individuals the skills necessary to get a job and keep a job. This program is designed for those individuals with a history of long term unemployment or job-hopping, and minimal experience in the workforce. This model is successful as it addresses soft skills, resumes, credit, habits, beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that can cripple an individual’s ability to move into a livable wage career.