ResProg Webinar | Research to Understand Systems of Housing (RUSH): Feasibility and Acceptability of Aligning Systems for Fathers (2023)


This webinar introduces a new S4A study evalutting the feasibility of a multi-sector “Functional Zero” approach to reducing homelessness among fathers in Atlanta, with a focus on Black fathers who are disproportionately represented among homeless populations.  The study builds from an existing multi-sector coalition of leaders from medical, social and public health sectors who have formed Fathers Matter ATL in which one of its strategies is working to address the unmet health and social needs of homeless fathers, including forms of structural racism that limit the availability of housing options for homeless men with dependent children.  The study uses qualitative interviews with service providers together with data from a service referral tracking database and the results of system mapping analyses to identify barriers and opportunities for achieving “Functional Zero” in the incidence of homelessness among the target population of fathers experiencing housing insecurity.  The study is conducted by the Morehouse School of Medicine in collaboration with Redemption and Advancement Alliance, Morehouse Healthcare, Good Samaritan Health Center, Fulton County Board of Health, and the Atlanta Housing Authority.


  • Latrice Rollins, PhD, MSW | Assistant Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine

  • Thomas Cotton III | Founder and CEO of Redemption & Advancement Alliance (RAA)

  • Lease Youmans | Founder and CEO of Our Change Gon Come 

  • Carl Route, CLC | Fatherhood Program & Community Engagement Director and Wisdom Council member at Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE) (Commentator)

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