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MUST Ministries’ presents Hope House, their newly expanded homeless shelter

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Following a five-year effort, MUST Ministries, Marieta’s Christian charitable ministry, held an open house Friday for Hope House, its 44,000-square-foot shelter that will open to the homeless in May. Hope House will house twice as many homeless residents as in the past. The new facility, with 136-beds and 10 separate dormitories, will house men, women, and families. 

Amenities and services at the two-story shelter include a dining hall, a playground and learning center for children, a medical clinic, workforce development services, and a computer lab. Nonresidents of Hope House will also have access to a hot shower. 

Hope House, located at 1297 Bells Ferry Road, will eventually replace Elizabeth Inn, which offers 72 short-term shelter beds that are regularly occupied. 

The need for affordable housing and temporary shelter has increased substantially over the last few years, as rising housing costs have collided with the coronavirus pandemic and drug and mental health problems to displace thousands of residents across metro Atlanta from their homes. The last official homeless count in Georgia before the pandemic was over 10,000, however, housing experts believe the true number to be much higher today.

With funding from mostly donations, Hope House became a reality. The Open House was attended by community leaders and politicians who applauded Must Ministries for the work they are doing to address the needs of the homeless community in Cobb. 

Since the pandemic hit two years ago, MUST has seen a dramatic demand for its services. A spokeswoman for Must says they expect to serve around 60,000 people this year, which is twice what they did in 2019. 

Must will begin moving people into Hope House in May.

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