While Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing urban regions in the country, it’s ranked as one of the worst for economic mobility. But thanks to hard work and United Way’s network of partners, Larry Powers and his family went from homeless to homeowners.
After losing his job, Larry and his family couldn’t afford a place to live. With nowhere to go, they sought shelter in abandoned buildings. Desperate, Larry called United Way’s 2-1-1. An agent referred him to community resources funded by United Way, including My Sister’s House, Jefferson Place Transitional House and the Atlanta Community Food Bank. After securing a steady job, Larry began building financial stability with the help of Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and other programs.
Larry and his family credit United Way with giving them the resources they needed to purchase a four-bedroom house -- providing his family a permanent place to call home.
Just last year, United Way of Greater Atlanta and its partners helped 31,206 individuals and families receive financial assistance and remain in stable housing.