Where are your programs located?
Our housing programs are located in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.
Is Jerusalem House a religious organization?
Jerusalem House was founded by a multi-denominational group of Atlanta’s community leaders and we receive support from many different faith groups in our community. However, Jerusalem House is not a religious organization.
Why isn’t Jerusalem House listed on Charity Navigator?
Charity Navigator only reviews charities that have at least $500,000 in public support which must account for at least 40% of the organization’s total revenue for at least two consecutive years. While we raise more than that amount in public support annually, 70% of our funding comes from federal and local government grants.
Is Jerusalem House a United Way agency?
If your employer has a United Way employee giving program, you may donate to Jerusalem House through that program. Our United Way ID number is 35629. However, Jerusalem House is not a United Way agency.
What is your mission statement?
Jerusalem House provides homeless and low-income individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Greater Atlanta with a continuum of housing options, supportive services, and educational opportunities that contribute to a resident’s overall self-sufficiency.
How do people apply for the programs?
For all programs except New Horizons TBRA, contact any of the organizations on our How to Apply page for help with submitting a supportive housing application. We do not accept applications at our administrative office or the residential locations. For the New Horizons rental subsidy program, obtain an application by calling (404) 640-3180 or emailing TBRA@jerusalemhouse.org. Please note that the rental subsidy is not emergency assistance, and anyone obtaining the subsidy must be enrolled in our New Horizons program.
How do I find out about employment opportunities with Jerusalem House?
Check our Careers page to see what opportunities are available.
Why are you called Jerusalem House?
The word “Jerusalem” means “peace.” Jerusalem House was originally just one house for five homeless individuals with AIDS, in the days when AIDS was considered a death sentence. The founders of Jerusalem House envisioned a peaceful home where those individuals could die in peace with dignity, a “dwelling of peace.”
How can I volunteer?
Due to COVID-19, our on-site volunteer program has been temporarily suspended. However, you can still reach out to our Volunteer Manager at any time, or go ahead and apply to be volunteer. Complete a quick volunteer form here. If you need more information, contact our Volunteer Manager via email or at (678) 999-9262. Individuals must be at least 18 years old, attend an orientation, and complete a criminal background check to volunteer at Jerusalem House.
Does Jerusalem House do internships?
We are not currently accepting interns.
Do all of the residents have AIDS?
All of the residents at the Program for Adults have AIDS. All of the heads of household in other programs must be HIV+ to qualify for residency.
Do the children have AIDS?
We have had several HIV+ children at Jerusalem House since the Family Program opened in 1997.
Do residents work or pay rent?
Some of our residents have income through some form of work (jobs, peer counseling, child support, or government assistance); others are too ill to work (either because of the disease, side effects of medications, mental health, etc.). Residents who generate an income are required to pay one third of their income for rent.
How long have you been operating?
Our first facility opened in 1989, and the Family Program facility followed in 1997. The Scattered Site I Program began in 2003. The Scattered Site II Program launched in 2009. New Horizons launched in 2015.
How long can people stay at Jerusalem House?
Jerusalem House runs four permanent housing programs. While there is no restriction on duration of residency for the housing we directly provide, if it is determined that a resident is able to live independently, we work with the individual to achieve this goal. New Horizons, a temporary housing subsidy assistance program, has a time limit imposed by the funding source of up to five years.
Are you a hospice?
No, we are not a hospice and do not provide hospice care. Residents must be able to live on their own when they come to Jerusalem House. Within that guideline, we do try to admit the most medically needy applicants into the program.
What services does Jerusalem House provide its residents?
The services provided vary depending on the resident population. Jerusalem House strives not to duplicate resources available in the community and partners with 20+ organizations to provide services. Among the services currently offered to our residents are tutoring for the children and adults, support groups, substance abuse counseling, and health services.
Where is the Jerusalem House HMIS policy posted?
As a HUD grantee, Jerusalem House participates in their Homeless Management Information System. Click here to read our HMIS policy (PDF).
How are you funded?
Funding is provided in part by the City of Atlanta‘s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program, a community development project of the City of Atlanta funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended. Additional funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Housing and Human Services Department. The agency’s programs are also funded by grants from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and DeKalb County. Corporate, foundation, individual, and faith community giving comprise the rest of our annual operating budget. Detailed financial information can be found here.