December 17, 2021 – Home for Good Newsletter

December 17, 2021 – Home for Good Newsletter

Every year, Home for Good, along with many other volunteers and Partner Agencies, conducts a survey to assess the number of people in our community who are experiencing homelessness. This count helps to understand who in our community needs help. 

Home for Good and the Continuum of Care use this information to continue the work to end homelessness in the Chattahoochee Valley.  

Sheltered Count 

Monday, January 24, 2022 
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm 

Unsheltered Count

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 
5:30 am – 10:30 am

If you are interested in volunteering in this year’s Point In Time Count, please click here to register. Training is required for all new and returning volunteers.  If you have any questions, please email Cathy DeVane.

Thank you to the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office for providing goody bags for our neighbors. Partnerships are the cornerstone of this work to make sure everyone has their needs met in safe and affordable housing. Thank you!


From Hello to Help – 211 Is Here For You

For rental assistance, housing assistance, or experiencing homelessness, contact 2-1-1. 2-1-1 is here for you from hello to help. Connect with 2-1-1 today: 

    • Dial 2-1-1
    • Text your zip code to 898-211
    • Visit our website

Vaccination Information


Semi-Annual HMIS All User Meeting

Wednesday, December 15 | 3:00 pmMeeting Recording Link Thank you to all that attended.

GHA Disaster Readiness Line Newsletter
December 16, 2021


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U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Webinar Recording of House America

This webinar was about House America, a new federal initiative that’s helping communities make the most of American Rescue Plan funding. The webinar recording and slides are now available here. Read more

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness Newsletter


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Monthly Housing Navigation & COVID Response Meeting

Tuesday, January 4, 2021 | 3:00 pm

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Re-Entry Awareness

Re-Entry Awareness

On Wednesday, June 23, 2021, Dept of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge issued a letter to Public Housing Authorities, Continuums of Care, Multifamily Owners, and HUD Grantees regarding the importance of access to housing for citizens returning to communities from incarceration.

“The President and I believe that everyone deserves a second chance and a stable home from which to rebuild their lives. No person should exit a prison or jail only to wind up on the streets.”
Marcia L. Fudge
Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Just one day earlier at the Columbus City Council meeting, Councilor John House read the Proclamation declaring, June Re-Entry Awareness Month. Members of the Mayor’s Commission on Re-Entry were on hand to receive the Proclamation from Mayor Skip Henderson and update the Council.

Thanks to Mayor Henderson’s foresight, the Commission was established in 2019. Home for Good of the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley is honored to chair the Housing Subcommittee of the Commission since 2020. Working collaboratively across the community, the Commission has worked diligently to break down barriers to housing, employment, and full reintegration in our community for returning citizens and their families.

As our community continues to meet, head-on, the needs of our community, we look forward to strengthening existing partnerships while establishing new partnerships so that all citizens can enjoy a Home for Good!

Click here for the WTVM report on the Housing Subcommittee Commission, re-entry awareness, and a path to supporting everyone in the community, equally . 

Click here to learn more about Cure Violence, a community-based, data-driven violence prevention program that addresses violence as a public health epidemic.

Click here to learn more about Community Schools, a strategy focused on the whole child by providing academic support, social emotional learning, health and wellness, family and community engagement and a safe and supportive climate.

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Rental Assistance – Preventing Homelessness

Rental Assistance – Preventing Homelessness

On February 19, Gov. Kemp announced that the State of Georgia has received more than $552
million in stimulus funds through the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program.

From the Georgia Department of Community Affairs: If you’re a Georgia renter who has fallen behind on rent payments due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for assistance. The Georgia Rental Assistance Program can provide up to 15 months of rental assistance and utility assistance, paid directly to landlords and service providers on behalf of tenants. Click here for more information

Columbus Consolidated Government has partnered with the Georgia DCA to improve access to this funding. They are holding a landlord information session Thursday, March 18 at 9:00 am and at 2:00 pm. To register, email Robert Scott and include your contact information and which time works best for you.

Access 2 Independence Application Assistance Flyer

State of Georgia Rental Assistance Program – FAQ


Help for Alabama Renters Alabama Housing Finance Authority (AHFA) will soon begin administering relief for renter households experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Alabama Program. They will begin accepting applications from landlords and tenants for ERA Alabama assistance on March 1. Read more

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Data – January 2021

Home for Good, the Continuum of Care, and our Partner Agencies have developed a client By-Name List. This By-Name List is a real-time list of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The list is monitored and updated daily to ensure everyone’s needs are being met and that no one gets lost in the system. The By-Name List has proven to be an effective tool in our mission.

During the month of January, 2021, the average number of people on the By-Name List was 103. According to the By-Name List data and client-shared information, we can share the data for living situation and household type. The percentages reflected in the graphs are based on the average number of 103 individuals experiencing homelessness.

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GA 505 COC Semi Annual Meeting February 11, 2021

GA 505 COC Semi Annual Meeting February 11, 2021

GA 505 Continuum of Care Semi-Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our COC Semi-Annual Meeting. 

Meeting Recording Link  |  Meeting Slides

Important Links: 

> Online Intake Form – Responses Sent Directly to 2-1-1

> Membership Form

> CES Policies and Procedures

> Notice on Equal Access Regardless of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, or Marital Status for HUD’s CPD Programs

> CDBG FY22 Funding Notice

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