Emmaus House

Formed in 1967 by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, Emmaus House has served as a consistent presence in the Peoplestown neighborhood and an incubator for neighborhood-based organizations and movements, giving birth to the city’s first welfare rights organization as well as tenant unions.



Many of today’s neighborhood leaders grew up in Emmaus House’s afterschool programs and summer camps, and were encouraged to join their parents and neighbors in demanding affordable housing, fighting slumlords, and protecting their neighborhood from encroaching parking lots and urban renewal projects.  Today, Emmaus House continues as a chapel and organization offering community-supportive programming.

Since January 2009, the Peoplestown Project has collected over 50 oral histories of volunteers, staff, supporters, and clients of Emmaus House.



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