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CATALYST and communicating. Then add the potential danger of not hearing someone coming up behind you.” CaringWorks manages the only Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) homeless program in the “ based best practices. The program empowers DHH men to maintain sobriety, address mental health needs, and develop communications and other skills that will assist them with independent living. I’d like to have good health and maybe in the future have a nice home. ” Donald B. came to the CaringWorks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program as an active alcoholic and drug addict. Southeast, one of only four comparable programs in the United States, though estimates says thousands of individuals need these basic services. Based at Hope House in Atlanta, the program offers culturally and linguistically competent therapeutic services to DHH men with 12 beds designated for this special needs population. The men in the program are primarily from Georgia but over the years some have traveled from Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina and New York. DHH staff members providing the services are fluent in American Sign Language, competent in Deaf culture, and trained in evidenced- 8 “Our Watch his recovery story here . work through the Foundation’s EmpowerHealth Grant Program absolutely helped us build our capacity to servce our DHH clients,” says Peters. “We learned the importance of telling our clients’ stories to show how [CaringWorks] has been able to make a positive difference in their lives in so many important ways.” Designing Solutions for Early County One hundred and ninety miles south of Atlanta, the EarlyCares coalition in Blakely, GA is also trying to find ways to reduce housing disparities in their community. Through Healthcare Georgia Foundation’s Two Georgias Initiative, community assessments conducted by HEALTHCARE GEORGIA FOUNDATION