Since 1997, Central Outreach and Advocacy Center has built a well-established reputation as a go-to resource for supportive services and job readiness for individuals in the Atlanta community. We also rely on several partnerships with collaborative agencies in the community in order to insure successful implementation of all of our programs. Some of these agencies provide services on-site at Central OAC, some daily while others are scheduled a few times throughout each month. The presence of these partners gives our guests greater access to services beyond what we directly offer including: medical assistance, HIV testing, eye exams, housing assistance for veterans, mental health assistance, and legal assistance.
Our Service Partners
Mercy care provides free medical services to the Atlanta community, including general medical care, health screenings (including HIV), dental care, vision exams, substance abuse counseling, and mental health resources.
Georgia Law Center provides multiple types of legal counsel for clients who are experiencing homelessness. Services include: housing law and evictions, income and benefits claims, family law, and education law. At Central OAC, we primarily partner with GA Law to help our guests get birth certificates when they do not have the proper ID to do so.
Gateway is a hub for many services in downtown Atlanta. They have walk-in services available to all, including showers, laundry, lockers, and restrooms. They also house satellite locations of Mercy Care, Division of Family and Children Services, and Georgia Dept. of Labor. Gateway also has several housing programs for men, including one for veterans, one for those recuperating from medical care, and their Georgia Works program.
ACFB offers many resources to those needing food in the Atlanta area. They supply food for many food pantries and help provide food for many hungry families. At Central OAC, ACFB provides the food for our food co-op program and registers our guests for SNAP/EBT on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The Central Night Shelter houses men during the coldest months of the year – November through March. Many of our guests stay here during the summer, and it’s reputed to be one of the cleanest and safest shelters in the downtown area. CNS also holds a foot clinic on Wednesday evenings for the men staying there to fit them with proper footwear.
Several times per year, Prevent Blindness Georgia hosts an eye clinic at Central OAC, providing eye exams and free glasses to our guests and those in our community. They do vision screenings, eye exams, and vision health programs all over the state to educate others and provide vision resources to those in need.
Vets Connect helps homeless veterans get back on their feet, working to end homelessness among veterans through a network of programs, training, outreach and support services. Their team is present on site at the OAC Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week to connect veterans to housing.
Hope Atlanta is a central location for many types of services including emergency housing, rapid re-housing, domestic violence assistance, HIV/AIDS assistance, and street outreach. They also house Traveler’s Aid, which helps connect those who are stranded or homeless away from family with a support system back home. This can include a bus ticket home and/or travel accommodations.
New AP offers many resources to refugees and immigrants, such as resettlement navigation, career services, after-school and summer camp for youth, family engagement, and immigration assistance. Several of our guests have benefited from New AP’s assistance getting replacement immigration documents in order to get Georgia ID.
DBHDD provides a wide variety of resources including behavioral health, addiction assistance, services for deaf individuals, and recovery. A representative from DBHDD is at Central OAC every other Wednesday to help our guests apply for SSDI benefits.
CFI has day services, which include programs to develop vocational and social skills. They also have a variety of housing programs including group homes, supervised living, and independent living. CFI serves those with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness with several different programs, including street outreach and housing. CFI comes to Central OAC every other Monday to screen guests who might be eligible for their housing services.
ERC provides health-related program and services, more specifically HIV and sexually transmitted infection prevention education, risk reduction and family planning counseling, testing, referral, and treatment services, reproductive health services, substance abuse treatment and recovery services, mental health therapy, psychiatric evaluation and medication management, social services and primary medical case management, client advocacy and navigation services, and primary care linkages.
On Monday and Wednesday mornings, Church of the Common Ground hold morning prayer in our courtyard, and this holy time is important to many of our guests. They also serve coffee and provide a fellowship time. Church of the Common Ground also provides a foot clinic on a regular basis, which many of our guests take advantage of. Lastly, they host an annual “Homeless Requiem” service, honoring those experiencing homelessness who have died in the past year. We believe the work they do is incredibly important, and they provide spiritual guidance for many of our guests.