Nicholas House, Inc

Atlanta, GA

Nicholas House, Inc
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Nicholas House, Inc is a nonprofit focused on temporary shelter for homeless. With $2.0m in revenue and 25 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1988, Nicholas House, Inc is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 88% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $1.9m.

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Mission and Work


The Nicholas House mission is to help homeless families achieve self-sufficiency. We do so by providing a temporary place to live while addressing the roots causes of why a family is homeless so they may never be homeless again.


During the 2017-18 fiscal year, Nicholas House continued its impact for homeless families by providing housing and services to 568 homeless children and parents, representing 157 homeless families. We are currently providing housing and services to nearly 300 people each night through a variety of programs that assist homeless families at various stages of need. 96% of families move into their own housing after exiting our programs and 90% of families maintain their own housing without the need for help at least a year or more after leaving our services. Additionally, during the fiscal year 44% increased income while in programs, 30% decreased debt, 13% improved education, and 27% of children living in shelter were on the school honor roll with 100% graduating to the next grade. To enter a Nicholas House program you must be homeless coming from the streets or emergency shelter, have custody of children and be willing to address the root causes of your homelessness. A summary of our primary efforts are: Home Again Home Again is for families with enough income to maintain housing but who are threatened with homelessness due to an unexpected hardship or remain homeless due to lack of savings for deposits or poor credit/eviction histories rendering them unable to obtain new leases. Nicholas House provides homeless prevention funding for rent/utility arrears to help families avoid eviction along with budgeting/financial education workshops to ensure future success. For those already homeless, we provide advocacy to help explain past issues and obtain new leases as well as move-in assistance for initial rental and utility deposits. Families are able to pay all their own housing costs moving forward. (164 people in 51 families were assisted within this program) Homeless 2 Homes (H2H) For families with some income but not enough, H2H moves families quickly into their own apartments of their choice and out of emergency shelters for greater Independence and accountability. Homeless families pay 30% of their income toward rent with the remainder subsidized until they can take over complete payment of rent with growing income. Case management and support services ensure progress on family goals, budgeting and needed life skill trainings. (184 people in 52 families were assisted within this program) Boulevard Shelter - For families with no income, Nicholas House - Boulevard provides a safe group home for families of any size or make-up to keep families intact and off the street. Many other shelters must separate couples, brothers/sisters, fathers/daughters and 12-year-old boys from mothers. Shelter is provided for 90-day cycles with extension possible. Families define and address the causes of homelessness, including employment training, money management, family skills or others. A strong emphasis on accountability and personal progress is a condition for continued stay in the shelter. (135 people in 33 families were assisted within this program) New Horizons For families with no income plus additional major barriers, New Horizons provides permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless families with disabilities. Do to the additional major obstacles to self-sufficiency in the form or disabilities impacting daily life and a history of extended homelessness, these families are provided immediate housing in their own apartment and surrounded with services to address their physical and mental health needs as well as overall case management support. As with all our efforts, best practice models are incorporated to move these families forward as appropriate to each familys need, including a housing first intake model and harm reduction, motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care approaches. (85 people in 21 families were assisted in this program) Housing Stabilization and Aftercare - In a unique effort, Nicholas House follows all families after they leave its program for up to two years in order to maintain contact, assess long-term success, ensure full transition to self-sufficiency and ensure no unforeseen problems create a relapse to homelessness. Research shows that a year after leaving Nicholas House, 90% of families continue to earn a living wage, maintain their own housing and have a healthy family environment. Youth Services - Breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness for future generations while supporting a healthy family life today. Two-thirds of the homeless people housed by Nicholas House are children. A comprehensive Youth Services effort addresses the unique educational, emotional, social and behavioral needs of homeless children and provides after school programming, an 8-week summer camp, evening activity hours and mentoring designed for age specific groups. A focus is on establishing educational and life-long personal skills that will create a healthy, productive and self-sufficient adult. Adult Education/Training - Creating a new future by defining goals and providing the educational and training support to make dreams reality. Each family establishes an Individual Service Plan tailored to identify and address the unique causes of each family's homelessness. Weekly, monthly and long-term goals are set. Twice weekly evening courses offer 24 different topics to address areas such as interview skills, resume writing, budget management, debt reduction, computer use, parenting skills, stress management and other professional or life skills. Regular meetings with a case manager ensure accountability toward achieving the plan and constant adjustments. Continued progress toward goals is a requirement for continued program participation and housing. Resources and Referrals - In support of the families' needs and self-sufficiency plans, multiple direct resources and referrals to collaborative partners are provided to parents and children as needs are defined. They range from meals, diapers, and transportation to a savings matching program, employment training and healthcare access.

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In their words

Nicholas House is a nonprofit agency that operates an emergency shelter as well as scattered apartment sites for homeless families of any composition.

What We Do

We assist homeless families in making the transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency in a structured but home-like environment through one of several housing programs. Nicholas House (NHI) is committed to assisting its families attain three goals that form the basis of self-sufficiency:

  1. Earning a living wage;
  2. Maintaining the physical, mental and social health of parents and children;
  3. Maintaining safe and stable housing.

Nicholas House understands that providing basic subsistence – food and shelter – is necessary but not sufficient to prevent most homeless families from becoming homeless again.  That is why provide wrap-around housing services and follow families for up to two years after graduation from our programs to ensure that they remain self-sufficient and stably housed.

For more information about our programs and services, click here.

The Need

Surveys show that there are over 1,000 homeless family members on the streets of metro Atlanta every night.

37% of Georgia’s homeless – 42% in Fulton County and 51% in DeKalb—are homeless families with children.

Homeless families often go unseen because parents want to keep their children safe, which often means staying out of the public eye as they live in cars, abandoned buildings, extended-stay motels or on the streets.

Homeless families often have to face being split up in order to receive services, since shelters can divide populations served by gender and by age.  Large families may struggle to stay together, fathers may not be able to stay with their families, and teenage boys as young as 12 or 13 may be forced to split from their mother and younger siblings.  Homeless families face trauma even when they’re just looking for help.

The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old.

Do you feel called to make a difference for homeless families?  So do we.  That’s why Nicholas House does what it does—and keeps homeless families of any composition together while we do it.


Nicholas House first opened its doors in 1982.  At the time, there wasn’t a single shelter in Atlanta capable of housing homeless families for more than a night and none were able to provide the long-term care and assistance to lead people back into self-sufficiency.

This lack of support for people experiencing homelessness wasn’t even being discussed as a problem in need of a solution.

Members of the St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church congregation in Atlanta, GA saw homeless families in their community and decided to do something about it by opening up their Sunday school rooms to homeless families for one night.  And so Nicholas House was born.

The congregants soon realized that one night wouldn’t solve the underlying causes of these families’ homelessness—and so today, decades later, Nicholas House serves around 300 homeless family members every night and more than 600 parents and children every year with wrap-around services that address the unique needs of families experiencing different types of homelessness.

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