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Edward Powers, Executive Director


Biographical Sketch

Edward Powers has been the Executive Director of HOPE Atlanta since January 1994. Founded in Atlanta in 1900, the vision of HOPE Atlanta is to end homelessness in metro Atlanta. The mission of HOPE Atlanta provides a comprehensive approach to address homelessness and provide solutions that promote lifelong stability. Prior to his current position, he was the Country Director of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation’s programs in Thailand and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from 1985 to 1992. From 1979 to 1983 he worked for the Department of State as a contractor at the U.S. Embassy Refugee Section in Bangkok, where he was the Vietnamese Resettlement Coordinator. He is a Vietnam veteran, serving as an Army interrogator in DaNang from 1971 to 1972. He holds a BA degree in Asian Studies from the University of Illinois and an MBA degree from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Travelers Aid International and the City of Atlanta Continuum of Care, is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and is a member of the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club. Edward and his wife Andrea Fowler have three grown children and are the proud grandparents of Zoë Cate, Ethan Edward, Alexander Joseph, Carmin Marie and Olivia Cate.



Web Site Greeting

Homelessness has many causes and countless faces. It often strikes without warning and without concern for age, socioeconomic status, gender, education or race. Thousands of families in our community are one paycheck away from homelessness. It can take just one severe hit from a health crisis, family strife, domestic violence, to lose a home. There is not one cause for homelessness, so there cannot be one answer to end homelessness. There is no magic wand. But there is HOPE.

Founded in Atlanta in 1900, the core focus of HOPE Atlanta is threefold: (1) the provision of resettlement services to low- income new resident families and individuals who arrive in Atlanta without the necessary resources or a viable plan to resettle, (2) the provision of travel assistance to those persons passing through the Atlanta area who find themselves in crisis, and (3) the provision of services to prevent homelessness among low-income families and individuals. Our staff provide emergency financial assistance, information and referral, and professional supportive counseling to families and individuals in crisis due to homelessness, threat of homelessness, poverty, illness, hunger, domestic violence and other unforeseen circumstances.

Welcome to the face of HOPE in your community. Please consider becoming one of the answers to the end homelessness, by giving to HOPE Atlanta.

Edward Powers, Executive Director

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