Each participant is expected to spend a year doing transitional work earning 7.40/hr for 30+ hrs a week while remaining drug/alcohol free. Case management, life skills and workforce training is provided throughout the twelve months.

program goals

Georgia Works! ends homelessness, criminal recidivism and dependency through holistic programs aimed at personal development of good habits, work ethic and character. Our goal is self sufficiency. 

Georgia Works! serves those at the very bottom of the socio-economic ladder: primarily minority men, with long histories of homelessness, incarceration, substance abuse, and low educational achievement. Enrollment is voluntary and each participant agrees to the following:

Community Improvement

  • Remain Drug Free (continuous testing)
  • Work 30 to 35 hours per week
  • Get along and respect others
  • Agree to end Public Assistance (with the exception of Medicaid).
  • Sign documentation allowing staff to identify if they have current child support orders or arrearages.
  • Agree to save 20% of income. This "forced savings" will allow clients to have saved approximately $2,000 upon graduation from the program.



​Upon graduation the goal is a permanent job and permanent housing for each man.  When men enter the program they are typically dependent on drugs and handouts. When they leave, the goal is to never be dependent again.

Participants in the Georgia Works! program develop responsibility and a strong work ethic by cleaning up litter throughout downtown Atlanta. This simple but important aspect of our program provides participants with ongoing transitional work. In addition, community improvement provides a visible and tangible benefit to the city of Atlanta. If you see the men in blue Georgia Works! uniforms in your area of Atlanta take a moment to like us and comment on our Facebook page.  

Started Program 10/14/2013  

40 Bed Capacity / ATLANTA, GEORGIA

18 Men Have Graduated

All Graduates Have Full Time Jobs

Ave. Starting Wage: $13.28

Lowest Starting Wage $10 an Hour 

All Graduates in Permanent Housing

Within georgia works: 

Hourly paid wage of $7.40 an hour

  $218,866 paid since inception

30+ hours of paid work per week

  29,576 hours of  paid Work since inception  95% of Men have bank accounts 

$48,370 In Money Saved

Program statistics (9/4/2014)

Georgia Works in the news.... 

The Georgia Works "Wall of Fame" pictures men (pictured with their case managers) who have graduated from Georgia Works to self-sufficiency. These men have full time jobs and permanent housing. The average starting wage of these men is $13.28 an hour.

2,139 Passed drug tests (3 failed tests)

90 % Program Retention Rate



10 employers contract with us for labor

90% of our men are working in jobs that can lead to full time positions


Our goal is to take chronically homeless men and help them become self sufficient, productive members of society. Our men typically are facing multiple challenges, including criminal records, past drug use, poor work history, dependency on handouts, bad habits, lack of formal education, past child support, outstanding fines, etc... WE END ALL OF THESE THINGS.  At Georgia Works, if a man is committed to being clean, to addressing the past, and to working, we will help him get a full time job, transportation and permanent housing within a year.  Our program is proven to be effective in helping chronically homeless men, proven to be cost effective, and proven to improve our community.