Frequently asked questions about the ZPC Short-Term Residential Program for couples
What is the Zaban Paradies Center?
- The Zaban Paradies Center is a residential shelter with capacity for 20 couples that offers on-site economic stability support, connections to housing, and links to services that empower couples experiencing homelessness to become self-sufficient.
- The program is a part of the Atlanta Continuum of Care which promotes a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness.
Who can stay at the Zaban Paradies Center?
The Center serves couples over the age of 21.
All potential residents must schedule a residential assessment by calling 404-872-2915 or completing the online form.
Minimum requirements for program intake consideration include:
- Valid state ID (required before intake)
- TB (required before intake; please note that results take up to 3 days), RPR, and HIV test (with results) within the last 12 months
- Certification of homelessness or imminent homelessness from community services provider, shelter, church, or landlord (required before intake)
- Social Security Card
- Birth Certificate
- If diagnosed with a mental or physical disability, a diagnosis in writing from a physician or hospital
- Written documentation of SSI/SSDI, General Assistance or Food Stamps
What are the hours of the Zaban Paradies Center?
The Center is on a reservation basis and does not provide walk-up services.
What’s it like at the Zaban Paradies Center?
- 20 private bedrooms with shelving and a desk
- Clean and sober environment
- Restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities
- Continental breakfast and dinner provided daily.
What additional services are provided by the Zaban Paradies Center?
- Housing-focused support: 1:1 and group support to set short-term and long-term housing goals and overcome housing barriers.
- Employment and benefit attainment assistance
- Wellness services: 1:1 and group support to connect residents to alcohol and drug treatment, mental health treatment, and primary care services.
- Life skills: 1:1 and group support to set short-term and long-term goals that assist with overcoming housing barriers such as financial management and anger management.
Are pets welcome?
What are the rules?
- Be a good neighbor
- Disruptive, threatening, and disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated
- No racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, hate-speech
- No smoking inside; smoke only in designated outdoor areas
- No possession or use of alcohol, drugs or weapons
- Don’t steal, destroy property or litter in or around the shelter
- Repeat rule violations and situations resulting in a 911 police call may result in exclusion
How can the community get involved?
- Donations are welcome and appreciated! See zabanparadiescenter.org/donate for current wish-list items.
- Providing meals is a rewarding hands-on experience for a group of friends, coworkers, family, or neighbors! Meal providers plan, purchase, cook and serve a meal to shelter residents.
- Special opportunities: There are many ways for volunteers to support the program including group facilitation, resident events coordination, and residence refresh.