Housing and Homeless Services
Duffy Street SRO Homeless Shelter
The Duffy Street SRO, Inc., is a for profit housing development built in 1993 for homeless men. The project is a partnership between the Affordable Housing Group and EOA. EOA is the managing partner and provides social services to residents of the facility. The facility, the first of its kind in the south, is a single room occupancy (SRO) facility that provides permanent housing for 40 men with supportive services. In addition, the facility has on site property management, laundry services, and common areas for residents to have various activities. Each room is equipped with a bed, stove, refrigerator, closet, and outlets for additional appliances and electronics. The facility also has central heat and air. Rent is subsidized based on the resident’s income. The subsidy is provided by the Housing Authority of Savannah. The property manager is Lewis Johnson.
Tom D. Austin House
The Tom D. Austin House program is a fully furnished transitional apartment complex with on-site support services for homeless families. The Austin House has twelve apartment units with a capacity of fifty-eight beds. The on-site support services consist of comprehensive case management, career development, day care services for infants and toddlers, transportation, after-school tutoring, and weekly life skills workshops. The primary goal of the Austin House is to “Break the Homeless Cycle”. Participants may stay at the Austin House up to two years as they become independent, self-sufficient, and obtain permanent housing.
Home Buyer Education
The Homebuyer Education program is a partnership between EOA, the City of Savannah, and many local housing industry representatives. The basic mission of the program is to help participants understand the steps required to becoming homeowners. Funding for the program has been provided by the City of Savannah, and the Department of Human Resources. The program is an equal opportunity program.
Comprehensive Housing Counseling
EOA Savannah provides a number of housing counseling services. Services include the following: loss mitigation (foreclosure prevention), rental counseling (eviction prevention, rental search assistance), reverse mortgage counseling (for senior home owners), budgeting, money management and financial literacy. The program also provides mortgage documentation review for existing mortgagors. Funding for the program is provided by Community Services Block Grant, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, United Way (FEMA-Rent and Mortgage Assistance), and the City of Savannah (Emergency Shelter Grant-Rent and Mortgage Assistance for Savannah Residents). The Housing Counseling Program has been a HUD approved Housing Counseling agency since 1976.