ESG Grant Helps Roswell Serve Homeless, Single Female Households

The Drake House, a Roswell-based nonprofit, has been awarded $49,800 from the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program administered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  According to its website, "More than 55% of poverty level-families in Alpharetta and John’s Creek are single female households, and just over 41% of homeless students in Fulton County attend school in North Fulton County. The Drake House was established to offer support programs and housing solutions that keep families together and put them back on their feet."

The funding will help provide housing and services to the homeless population in Roswell and surrounding areas, specifically single female households. State Sen. John Albers (Roswell) annoucned the award and commended The Drake House for its hard work in the community.

The Drake House helps families become financially stable through a variety of educational, empowerment, and mentoring efforts, including:

  • Helping families remain in the community.
  • Keeping children in their public schools.
  • Preserving the family unit intact (boys over the age of 12 are allowed to remain with their family, rather than go to a men’s shelter).
  • Creating opportunities for employment to aid in the transition to stable housing.

The ESG Program at DCA provides street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, homelessness prevention, and related services to persons experiencing homelessness or in danger of becoming homeless throughout the state. Funding from the program may be used to help those living with HIV in the service area.