Few charitable groups have been serving their community for well over a century, but HOPE Atlanta has done just that. The 115-year-old organization doesn’t have a superstar celebrity attached to it or a worldwide presence, but for those in Atlanta who know their work, they enthusiastically participate in their annual fundraising efforts, the Heroes for Hope event.
What began as part of the Traveler’s Aid movement, has become a powerful resource in Atlanta that continues to stretch to accommodate as many as possible. In the early part of its inception, volunteers would wait at train stations to offer help, especially to the most vulnerable.
“HOPE Atlanta does remarkable work,” says Kady DeWees, Business Development Director for State Tax Credit Exchange (STCE), a sponsor of this year’s event. “As a single mother, I was especially moved by the stories and photos of families who could turn to HOPE for shelter and services when they felt they were at the end of their rope.”
State Tax Credit Exchange employees understand the impact of the services HOPE Atlanta provides. For more than a decade, the company has worked to bring investors to affordable housing projects in several states.
“The need for affordable housing affects every demographic,” adds DeWees. “For young families, single parents, retirees and those struggling to get their lives on track, the issue represents a challenge for thousands of Americans each year. I am proud to work for a firm that uses its resources to support the creation of affordable and hospitable communities for citizens like those HOPE Atlanta serves. Having a home a person can be proud of and feel safe in really DOES give hope that everyone needs.”
HOPE Atlanta assisted over two thousand individuals last year. No longer exclusive to the train station, the group’s Airport Outreach Team works to engage homeless persons at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport, offering services from “transportation to alternative housing solutions including shelters, treatment programs, transitional and permanent housing programs.”
Other programs include helping homeless individuals gain permanent housing by providing security deposits and utilities charges; assisting with transportation and resettlement services for women affected by domestic violence; and providing emergency shelter for homeless families when shelter space is not available. According to their website, “HOPE Atlanta placed 518 homeless adults and 223 children in emergency shelters, affording them an opportunity get off the streets and seek stable housing.”
To learn more about additional programs including help for veterans, visit HOPE Atlanta online at HOPEAtlanta.org.
State Tax Credit Exchange invests in projects which qualify for federal and state tax credits and passes the benefits of those credits on to taxpayers through investment programs.
STCE invests in solar, historic, mill, abandoned building, and low income housing projects, working with insurance companies, corporations and high net worth individuals to deliver profitable investment opportunities that are good for all. Since its inception in 2005, STCE has invested in over 200 projects and delivered more than $150m of funding to government incentivized projects in about a dozen states in the US and Puerto Rico.