Below are some programs just for the city. However, various other assistance programs exist that cover both Atlanta and Fulton County. Click here.
One group provides a variety of assistance. Atlanta Emergency Aid Ministries ((404) 881-1991) helps those families in Atlanta that are unable to work, or if they are just struggling to keep up with overwhelming medical needs or other bills. Working with other organizations and integrated services in the Atlanta area including Aid Atlanta, Grady Health Systems, and the Hunger Hotline, the Atlanta Urban Ministries Atlanta Emergency Aid Ministry helps people with several needs, including one of the most basic and critical needs of food.
The food assistance that is provided is donated or purchased with contributions from businesses and everyday people like you. In addition, this ministry in Atlanta provides emergency assistance to people who need rent help, transportation to jobs, groceries and food, job counseling, referrals, and job training. Click here for other food banks in Atlanta.
The leading agency to call in Atlanta would be the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority. They are the local non-profit community action agency that focuses on the low income, working poor, and unemployed in the region. Dial (404) 320-0166 to get a listing and information on programs and resources offered. They also partner with many charities and non-profits throughout the city to coordinate housing programs, and click here for more extensive listing of rent programs.
Atlanta has been awarded a $3.5 million grant from the federal government stimulus program to help pay for community-based projects that will offer residents rent assistance. There may also be funding to pay for security deposits or other housing costs. The grants are also targeted at preventing homelessness and evictions.
The federal funds may be used for a wide variety of housing assistance, including providing short-term or medium-term rental assistance. The money can even be used to help someone move to a better location. In addition, the funds may be used for credit counseling, mediation, payments for security or utility deposits, utility and cooling bill payments, case management, and other moving cost assistance.
The government money is meant to be used to prevent evictions and to help families and individuals who would otherwise be homeless stay in their apartments or homes.
Contact your local Atlanta community action group or the Salvation Army (404) 753-1330 for more information.
As noted, this is just a small sampling of the resources available in the city. There are numerous other programs that operate both in the city and across the entire county. What may be provided includes clothing, free food, transitional housing, funds for utility bills and much more. Housing assistance, both for renters and homeowners, is also a major focus of many of these programs.
Numerous non-profits in Atlanta and the county can also refer low income residents to government benefits and any number of financial assistance programs as well. Find additional Fulton County assistance programs.
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